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Simmons University Graduate Programs

City Year is proud to partner with Simmons University, a pioneering liberal arts undergraduate institution with nationally recognized graduate programs , offering 25 to 50% tuition scholarships to City Year AmeriCorps members, alums, and staff enrolling in eligible programs.

Simmons University’s Graduate Liberal Arts programs offer City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

the Simmons City Year Partnership Scholarship

The Simmons University City Year Partnership award will be equal to at least 25% and up to 50% total tuition, based upon tuition rates at the time of admission. Both part-time (five or more credits) and full-time students (10 or more credits) are eligible to be considered for the Simmons City Year scholarship. Up to 25 Simmons City Year scholarships will be awarded across eligible Simmons graduate programs each academic year. Applicants who do not receive a City Year Partnership Scholarship are automatically considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of their application and availability of funds.

Please note that, in some programs, City Year applicants may also be considered for additional merit and endowed scholarship awards, but are unable to combine the Simmons City Year Scholarship with other partner, professional or alumnae scholarships or discounts. Students enrolling in an employer-based cohort are also ineligible to receive the Simmons City Year Scholarship. Following admission, a scholarship letter will detail the total awarded amount and associated terms.

The Simmons City Year Scholarship is awarded to a City Year AmeriCorps member or alum who has completed at least one term of service or a City Year staff member employed for at least one year before enrolling at Simmons.

Eligible programs

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: Admitted students will be permitted to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting their studies. Students who are awarded the City Year Partnership Scholarship may not defer their award but will be eligible for full reconsideration for the new intended start term.

Why City Year loves Simmons University’s Graduate Liberal Arts programs

Simmons University’s Graduate Programs blend innovation and academic tradition to form the foundation for pioneering graduate programs in Behavior Analysis, Children’s Literature, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, Library and Information Science, Nursing, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work and more. Faculty, students and alums bring tremendous energy and experience to their work, and their enthusiastic commitment and collaboration make graduate life at Simmons a uniquely engaging experience.

Simmons provides a graduate education that is both challenging and custom-made. A collaborative environment and enviable student to faculty ratio—combined with its faculty’s impressive record of publications, professional experience and research awards—guarantee personal attention and expert mentorship.

To apply

Admission processes, requirements and financial details vary for each graduate program at Simmons University. For detailed tuition information and application instructions, click here and select your program.

Apply early for maximum consideration for admission and financial aid.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please self-identify your City Year affiliation on your résumé and/or personal statement. City Year applicants should also identify themselves through a check box on the application form.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To have the application fee waived, select that you are a City Year applicant in the dropdown box on the application, and the fee will automatically be waived.

To ensure your scholarship is awarded, please request a service verification letter be sent to Simmons University after earning acceptance. Please email, and within the email, please include the site where you served and your AmeriCorps graduation month and year. Once requested, the verification letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the with you copied on the email.


To contact the admissions office

Please email or call (617) 521-2915 to contact the graduate admissions office with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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