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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or select “Simmons College – 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.
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 your 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 a recommender via the online application, an email notification will be sent to your recommenders, and they can complete the recommendation online. Letters must be from professional (i.e., supervisor/manager) or academic (faculty/advisor/department head) sources.
Recommendations will not be accepted from friends, family members, personal counselors or therapists, co-workers, or clergy.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
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.