Simmons School of Social Work offers a clinically focused online Master of Social Work (MSW) program that does not require students to visit the school’s Boston campus. Students are prepared to work directly with clients and advocate for social justice in their communities.
Sponsored MSW ProgramProgram Overview
SocialWork@Simmons is an online MSW program that prepares students for direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The program is delivered through online classes and coursework and in-person clinical education.
Here is the SocialWork@Simmons program at a glance:
- Clinically focused Master of Social Work program
- Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
- Same curriculum as Simmons' on-campus MSW program
- 65 credits of graduate-level coursework
- Three program tracks:
- Full-time traditional: 24 months to complete
- Full-time accelerated: 15 months to complete
- Extended: 32 months to complete
Sponsored MSW ProgramOnline Experience
The SocialWork@Simmons online experience provides a rigorous education without requiring students to visit the campus. The curriculum covers a range of content including clinical social work practice, racism and oppression, assessment and diagnosis, social welfare policy, human behavior, research, and program evaluation.
The SocialWork@Simmons virtual campus enables students to build relationships with one another using familiar social networking tools. Online students are also eligible to join the Simmons student advisory board as well as affinity groups and peer mentoring groups.
To earn their degree, students in the online program complete:
- Live, online classes: Students enter a virtual classroom to attend weekly sessions. Each class is taught by a Simmons professor and has approximately 15 students. Live technical support is available during each session.
- Interactive coursework: Outside of class, students complete interactive coursework that is available through a virtual campus and can be accessed on a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.
- Clinical field hours: Students work with field specialists to identify approved clinical sites where they can gain hands-on experience near their area.
Sponsored MSW ProgramClinical Specializations
- The Child and Family Specialization prepares students to become child and family social workers who promote well-being for children, adolescents, and parents in school settings, hospitals, child protective services, and community-based mental health centers.
- The Trauma and Interpersonal Violence Specialization trains students to deliver trauma-informed care such as cognitive behavioral therapy. The curriculum covers the effects of traumatic attachments on interpersonal relationships, self-perception, and emotions experienced during the life span.
- The Mental Health and Addictions Specialization immerses students in evaluation skills, preparing them to help clients cope with mental health disorders and/or addictions. Students are introduced to various modalities and treatment relationships that are effective for diverse clients.
- The Health and Aging Specialization is designed for students who want to work in health-related settings or settings that serve older adults. Students learn how policy shapes health care delivery and how they can provide effective practice and interventions within larger systems.
- The Individualized Course of Study enables students to select the advanced clinical courses that are most aligned with their interests and career goals.
Sponsored MSW ProgramField Education
SocialWork@Simmons students complete 1,120 total hours of field education at approved agencies near their community. During each placement, students apply their classroom knowledge of theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics in a supervised setting.
Students work with the following individuals to facilitate successful placements:
- Field placement specialists: Students work with field specialists to identify approved, community-based placements suited to their career goals.
- Field instructors: During each field placement, students are supervised by licensed clinical social workers who provide personalized mentoring and instruction.
- Field liaisons: Students also receive support from field liaisons who work with placement agencies and mentor students in practice and professional development.
Sponsored MSW Program