Masters Programs

One Year Master of Science Program

This research degree is designed for established researchers and investigators or practitioners with significant experience in the social or behavioral sciences.  The program is flexible to allow specialization in a specific content or skill area.

Students must complete:

  • 42.5 credits (1 year)
  • Individualized study plan

Successful candidates have a doctoral degree or masters degree, and significant work experience in the social or behavioral sciences, health care, or a public health field.

Dual Degree Program with Simmons

This professional, dual-degree program is designed to prepare nurse practitioners for leadership roles in public and private institutions serving children and their families. Students enroll in half-time study at both Simmons College and the Harvard Chan School for two academic years and study at Simmons for one summer session. Students must earn 42.5 cred­its at the Harvard Chan School, and they must maintain satisfactory academic prog­ress at both schools.

Students must complete:

  • 42.5 credits (2 years of half time study)
  • Culminating experience (generally undertaken as a Simmons research project)

Successful candidates to the dual degree program have relevant bachelor’s degree in nursing and three years of relevant experience.  Applicants must apply and be admitted to both the Harvard Chan School and Simmons.

Two Year Master of Science Program is no longer offered in Social and Behavioral Sciences

If you had been considering the 80-credit SM, we would suggest you consider applying to the new 65 credit MPH program with a field of study in Health and Social Behavior. This new professional degree program prepares those early in their careers to work in diverse spheres, including federal, state, and local government; advocacy groups; voluntary health organizations; and community-based settings in the United States and other countries.