Master of Social Work

Simmons University School of Social Work
Boston, MA


Details at a Glance

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  • Financial Aid Available


Degrees Offered

Master of Social Work Program
Master of Social Work/Trauma Practice Certificate Program
Master of Social Work/Healthcare Certificate Program
Master of Social Work/School of Social Worker Certificate Program
Master of Social Work/Mental Health Practice Certificate

Our Program

Simmons is a highly specialized institution in clinical social work education. It has been training clinical social workers for more than 115 years.

Simmons University School of Social Work was the first clinical social work school in the nation. With a distinguished legacy spanning for more than 115 years, Simmons School of Social Work is a pioneer in clinical social work education and managed care practice. We were also one of the first online MSW programs, and have been educating clinical social workers through synchronous and asynchronous coursework since 2014.

Simmons offers a rigorous education in clinical social work, through a progressive, hands-on curriculum that infuses education and practice with social justice values and multicultural perspectives. Simmons Social Work is a leader in educating students for the demands of contemporary practice with individuals, families, groups and communities with a nationally acclaimed clinical social work program. Simmons School of Social Work offers BSW, MSW (traditional and advanced standing), DSW, and PhD degrees. 

• The only school of social work in Massachusetts that uses Social Work Clinical Simulation Education to engage MSW students in higher level learning. Standardized patients who are trained actors and case studies are used to produce simulated clinical situations, allowing Simmons MSW students to practice treatments. Our online students receive similar training through our unique Field Education Lab.

• Faculty experience as practitioners informs their research and their teaching. Our faculty are scholar practitioners: almost 90% of our faculty have direct clinical experience.

• Certificate Options: Trauma Practice, Healthcare, School Social Work Licensure, Mental Health, Practice with Groups and Families.

• Program Options: You can pursue your MSW at an accelerated (16 month), full-time (23 month), or extended (32 month) pace. The MSW Advanced Standing Program ( for BSW Degree holders) can be completed in only 9 months full-time or 24 month part-time.

• More hours in the field. 24 hours/week of field practicum–more than any other SW school in Boston.

• Simmons Social Work Community:  Active, diverse, engaged. Our Simmons social work community has several student organizations and support groups.



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Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound350 Students
  • Female

    female85% Female
  • Male

    male15% Male


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Clubs & Associations

Associations and Support Groups at Simmons School of Social Work

 Student Leadership Council (SLC)

 National Association Black Social Workers (NABSW)

 LGBTQ Student Group

 Clinicians for Diversity

 Disability & Mental Health Community of Social Work Students

 Student Veterans Organization

 Self Care Group for Advanced Year Placement Students

 Men of Simmons: a men's support group for SSW

 White Social Workers Against Racism

 Social Work Practice with Older Adults

What Our Students Say

  • The Simmons MSW program offered so many opportunities to apply coursework to the clinical setting and the clinical setting to coursework.

    Jackie Fickes, MSW '19.

    Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician,

    The Dimock Center, Roxbury, MA

    Jackie Fickes, MSW ‘19
  • Coursework such as Social Work Healthcare Practice, Narrative Therapy, and Social Work with Gender and Sexual Minorities applied directly to my field experiences—and to my role today. I was constantly learning from the strengths and experiences of my classmates and professors.

    Kareena Richards, MSW ’19

    Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician, 

    South End Community Health Center, Boston, MA

    Kareena Richards, MSW ‘19
  • At Simmons, the combination of rigorous coursework and supportive mentoring, allowed me to achieve my goals, as well as to discover new interests.

    Matthew Snyder MSW '19

    Clinical Social Worker, Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital partnership, Boston, Massachusetts

    Matthew Snyder, MSW ‘19

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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