General FAQ

  1. What is SocialWork@Simmons?
  2. What is the difference between SocialWork@Simmons and Simmons’s on-campus M.S.W. program?
  3. How is SocialWork@Simmons different from other online programs?
  4. Is SocialWork@Simmons accredited?
  5. How many credits are required to complete the M.S.W. program?
  6. Is the online program available full time and part time?
  7. How long does the program take to complete?
  8. What will I study in the program?
  9. Will I be required to visit campus?
  10. What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
  11. Can I focus my studies on certain areas of clinical social work?
  12. Will my degree indicate that I earned my M.S.W. online?
  13. Will this degree allow me to pursue licensure in any state?

 

  1. What is SocialWork@Simmons?

    SocialWork@Simmons is an online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program for social workers aspiring to clinical practice. SocialWork@Simmons features the same curriculum and academic standards as the on-campus program.

  2. What is the difference between SocialWork@Simmons and Simmons’s on-campus M.S.W. program?

    There is no difference in the content, curriculum, or rigor of SocialWork@Simmons and the on-campus program. The difference is in the delivery and learning modality: SocialWork@Simmons uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver course content and host live, face-to-face classes online. This means you can attend SocialWork@Simmons classes from anywhere you have access to the Internet — there’s no need to relocate to Boston — and you have the opportunity to complete coursework on your own schedule.

    SocialWork@Simmons is the same program as the on-campus M.S.W. program at Simmons College:

    • The programs have the same curriculum, values, and mission.
    • SocialWork@Simmons courses are taught by School of Social Work faculty.
    • Students are expected to meet the same academic standards as the on-campus program.
    • Students in both programs are required to complete field internships.
    • Upon completion of the program, SocialWork@Simmons students receive a Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College and have the option to participate in our college commencement ceremony in Boston.
  3. How is SocialWork@Simmons different from other online programs?

    Unlike other online programs, SocialWork@Simmons students meet weekly in live, seminar-style classes and engage with faculty and peers. Students also work with SocialWork@Simmons field placement coordinators to locate relevant field internships in or near their own communities. The program also features a unique clinical social work curriculum.

  4. Is SocialWork@Simmons accredited?

    Simmons College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Simmons College School of Social Work is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a national accrediting association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the exclusive accrediting agency for social work in the United States.

    SocialWork@Simmons is approved in most states. Call 1-855-523-SSSW (7779) to determine whether or not you are able to pursue this degree in your state.

  5. How many credits are required to complete the M.S.W. program?

    You must complete 65 credits to earn your M.S.W. degree.

  6. Is the online program available full time and part time?

    Students can complete SocialWork@Simmons on either a part-time (extended program) or full-time basis. The July 2014 cohort is only open to extended program students. Students will have the option to enroll in the extended program or the full-time program in all subsequent cohorts.

  7. How long does the program take to complete?

    The full-time program can be completed in one year and three months. The average time to complete the extended program program is two years and eight months.

  8. What will I study in the program?

    The SocialWork@Simmons curriculum prepares graduates for clinical social work — direct work with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Courses address theories of growth and change; clinical skills development; evidence-based approaches to intervention and treatment; research and practice evaluation; social welfare policies; and theories of racism, discrimination, and oppression. Classes are academically challenging, with progressive, intellectually stimulating coursework designed to help you build and strengthen your social work practice.

  9. Will I be required to visit campus?

    While there is no on-campus requirement, you are welcome to visit Simmons’s Boston campus at any time. You will also have access to the same campus services as our on-the-ground students, and, upon graduation, we welcome you to campus for graduation.

  10. What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

    SocialWork@Simmons classes are capped at between 12–15 students, ensuring a high faculty-to-student ratio. Our goal is to ensure you receive personalized attention and have the opportunity to really get to know your classmates and professors.

  11. Can I focus my studies on certain areas of clinical social work?

    Yes, SocialWork@Simmons offers you the option of focusing your studies in one of four areas of clinical specialization: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging. You are not required to select an area of specialization.

  12. Will my degree indicate that I earned my M.S.W. online?

    No. The only difference between the campus-based program and the online program is the modality. Your degree will state that you earned your Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College.

  13. Will this degree allow me to pursue licensure in any state?

    Most states require an M.S.W. degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Specific licensure requirements differ by state, so we encourage you to research the requirements specific to your home state.

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