Academic Policies

Undergraduate Program

Simmons's innovative undergraduate college for women offers more than 40 majors and programs. In addition to established majors, the OPEN Program (Option for Personalize Educational Needs) allows students to custom design majors. Students also may choose from more than a dozen integrated undergraduate/graduate programs and accelerated degree.

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Simmons's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers cutting-edge graduate programs in English, History, and Gender/Cultural Studies and dual-degree programs in History/Archives Management and English/Children's Literature with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Gender/Cultural Studies/Communications Management with the School of Management.

School of Library and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science's (SLIS) nationally accredited Master of Science in Library and Information Science program offers a concentration in Archives Management and a School Library Teacher Program as well as dual degrees, certificate programs, continuing education, a robust satellite program at Mount Holyoke College, and a highly selective doctoral program. In a recent reorganization at Simmons, the scope at SLIS has expanded to include the undergraduate programs in Computer Science as well as the graduate programs in Children's Literature. Through those programs GSLIS offers a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Writing for Children and undergraduate majors in computer science, information technology, health informatics, and web design and development, 3+1 B.S. in Computer Science/M.S. in Library and Information Science.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in health professions education, nursing, nutrition and wellness, and physical therapy, including dual degree options, online programs, and advanced graduate certificates. Located in Boston's renowned Longwood Medical Area, the SNHS provides rigorous academic preparation and clinical experience, with exceptional training and research opportunities.

School of Management

The School of Management's Mission - What we do at the SOM

The Simmons College School of Management (SOM) is a premier source of transformative business and professional education aimed at creating successful, principled leaders for the competitive business world of today and tomorrow. SOM designed our unique MBA program to educate women to be powerful leaders in their chosen endeavors. Other SOM graduate programs educate women and men to be leaders in health care and to achieve success in a diverse group of management specialties. Our undergraduate business degree creates the opportunity for workplace success right out of college. Our faculty brings excellent teaching, research, and real world experience to their specialties. We generate innovative research and thought leadership in gender and diversity dynamics in organizations through our Center for Gender in Organizations and in health services research and policy through our Center for Research in Health Policy and Management. We are an authoritative resource and a key partner for organizations committed to strengthening their performance through the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women as organizational leaders.

The School of Management's Vision - How we do it

We are committed to educating students to be leaders who understand the necessity to be both exceptional at what they do, and principled in how they do it. We focus on students as individuals: we invest in their success and support them as they launch, advance and change their careers. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through superior, distinctive education and research. Our multiple programs incorporate rigorous, applied management education and entrepreneurial insights through classroom experiences and internships. Our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management and our students gain the knowledge and analytical skills they need to lead successfully in dynamic, global environments.

The School of Management Values-What is important to us

  • Strategic, rigorous, and experienced-based management education
  • Decision-making supported by critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Industry interaction that informs our teaching, offers internships and employment opportunities to our students, and creates value for our industry partners
  • Problem-solving capability in complex environments under uncertain conditions
  • Thought leadership and cutting-edge practice in analyzing, understanding, and addressing gender and diversity dynamics in organizations
  • Ethical, socially responsible, and sustainable management practices that enhance both the performance of organizations and the welfare of society
  • Innovation, change leadership, and entrepreneurship in the for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors
  • Faculty excellence in teaching
  • Thoughtful integration of teaching, research, and practice
  • The diversity of our students and the value that diversity brings to improving effectiveness in both the classroom and the organization
  • Continuous improvement of teaching and of learning experiences in response to changing environments.
  • A dynamic and committed community of faculty and staff
  • A vibrant network of students, alumnae, employers, and partners as a critical resource for individuals and for the School

School of Social Work

Simmons's School of Social Work (SSW) provides a rigorous clinical social work education for men and women, a nationally accredited master of social work (M.S.W.) program and Ph.D. in Social Work designed for advanced clinical scholars. The SSW initiatives include the Urban Leadership Program, Spanish language courses for social workers, international study, and schedules that accommodate working professionals.