Curriculum Overview

Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) is renowned for its curriculum, which focuses on clinical social work. Our online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) features the same curriculum as our on-campus program, and we set the same high academic standards for all of our students.

A program grounded in direct practice, our M.S.W. curriculum blends education and practice with social justice values and multicultural perspectives. Coursework is created to prepare students for careers in clinical settings and 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.

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Clinical Specializations

Students in SocialWork@Simmons may elect to focus their studies on one of four (optional) areas of clinical specialization:

  • Child and Family
  • Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Health and Aging

Program Requirements

SocialWork@Simmons requires the completion of 65 credit hours. The program is available on a full-time and extended (part-time) basis. The full-time program can be completed in about one year. The extended program can be completed in approximately two years.

Field Placement

As with our on-campus program, field experience is the cornerstone of SocialWork@Simmons. Students are required to complete 1,050 hours of field placement over two years in approved agency settings, located in or near students’ home communities.

To learn more about the SocialWork@Simmons curriculum and program requirements, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-855-523-SSSW (7779).

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