Application Requirements


Simmons’ online Master of Public Health (MPH) program welcomes candidates from all academic disciplines and considers health-related or social science background or experience an added qualification. We value prior applied community experiences, whether through work, volunteering, or community organizing, as these inform and enhance students’ collaborative learning experiences. 

GRE scores are not required to apply to MPH@Simmons. At Simmons, we take a holistic approach to reviewing candidates for admission and evaluate your application based on the whole picture, including your essays, work experience, motivation, and ability to lead. 

To apply for admission to MPH@Simmons, you must submit the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Current résumé
  • A statement of purpose explaining your motivation for and professional goals in pursuing an MPH at Simmons
  • An essay describing an inequity you have observed and the types of health inequities you hope to address in the future
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, if applicable
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 (Fee is reduced to $45 if application is submitted on or before the priority deadline.)

In the event that the admissions committee needs more information to review your application, you may be required to participate in an interview with a member of the committee.

Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission into MPH@Simmons, you must have completed:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
  • At least one college-level math course (statistics preferred) with a course grade of B or higher (course GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale)

Factors such as work experience, volunteer endeavors, and undergraduate coursework in health or social sciences, while not required for acceptance into the program, can add value to your application. 

Online Application Form

Access the online application here.


Your résumé should include the following:

  • Educational background, including all institutions attended, degree(s) awarded or in progress, and dates or anticipated dates of degree(s) awarded
  • Relevant employment history, including job titles, job descriptions, relevant duties performed, and dates of employment for each position
  • Community service or volunteer experience
  • Relevant international travel experience
  • Awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
  • Evidence of leadership and career progression


Essay 1: Personal Statement (500-word limit)

Tell us about yourself and your interest in this degree program by addressing the following:

Describe the experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. What professional, educational, and/or personal experiences have led you to apply to this program? What are your short- and long-term career goals, and how will an MPH help you meet those goals? What characteristics, experiences, or skills do you have as an individual that will add value to our program?

Essay 2: Health Equity Focus (500-word limit)

MPH@Simmons focuses on health equity. To explain why this program is the right fit for you and how you hope to apply your new skills, address the following:

Describe an inequity that you have observed, studied, or experienced. Discuss some of the factors contributing to that inequity. What types of health inequities do you hope this program will prepare you to address in the future? What types of skills and experiences do you hope to gain in the program to enable you to address health inequities?


Submit sealed, official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including study abroad programs and community colleges, even if a degree was not obtained. Request official transcripts be mailed to:

Application Processing Services
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should specify that their transcript(s) be sent to or select “Simmons University – MPH@Simmons” if listed as an option through the vendor. This will expedite the delivery of the transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

All coursework from institutions outside of the United States must be reviewed by an evaluation service such as World Education Services, International Education Research Foundation, Educational Credential Evaluators, or AACRAO International Education Services. Allow for additional time in the application process to have all transcripts evaluated by these organizations. Note that course-by-course evaluations are required.

Letters of Recommendation

Your application must include at least three professional or academic letters of recommendation that have been written within one year of the application submission date. Your recommenders must be able to speak to your verbal and written communication skills, intellectual ability, capacity for critical analysis, and ability to work independently and as a member of a team. We also ask your recommenders to comment on your motivation and leadership potential as a public health professional. When you add recommenders via the online application, they will receive an email notification and can complete the recommendation online.

Letters must be from professional (i.e., supervisor or manager) or academic (i.e., faculty, advisor, or department head) sources. Recent college graduates are strongly encouraged to provide one letter of recommendation from an academic source that speaks to their performance in college-level coursework. Recommendations will not be accepted from friends, family members, personal counselors or therapists, co-workers, or clergy.


If English is not your first language, you are required to submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report, demonstrating satisfactory English language proficiency. A minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computerized test, or 105 on the Internet-based test is required. Simmons must receive scores directly from ETS (Educational Testing Service).

Please note that the TOEFL or IELTS is not required if you have earned either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution or from a postsecondary institution recognized by the Ministry of Education in an English-speaking country.

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