Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for SocialWork@Simmons, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Relevant work or volunteer experience also is required.

A completed application must include the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Resumé
  • Statement of Professional and Educational Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Three completed recommendation forms
  • Interview (by invitation)

Online Application

The online application can be accessed here. Candidates must complete the entire application in order to be considered for admission to the program.

Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee is $50. The fee can be paid electronically as part of the online application. Applicants who submit an application before the priority application deadline are charged a reduced fee of $30.


Candidates must show relevant work experience through summer employment, volunteer work during or after college, and/or full-time employment in the human services field. No course credit will be granted for work experience.

Statement of Professional and Educational Intent

The Statement of Professional and Educational Intent should summarize the candidate’s reasons for pursuing clinical social work education in the SocialWork@Simmons M.S.W. program and demonstrate knowledge of the social work field. The statement should explain how educational, professional, and volunteer experience has prepared the candidate to succeed in the program and why the candidate would be an asset to the Simmons School of Social Work online community. The statement should be three to five pages (double spaced) in length.

Official Transcripts

Candidates must submit official transcripts from every institution attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned, including community college or study abroad programs. Transcript requests can take time to process, so we recommend submitting requests to these institutions as soon as possible. All official transcripts should be sent to:

8201 Corporate Drive
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Landover, MD 20785

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates are required to secure three professional or academic letters of recommendation. Appropriate professional references include recent or current supervisors from volunteer or work experience in the human services field. Candidates who have graduated recently may obtain letters of recommendation from professors or fieldwork instructors who can speak to the candidate’s readiness for graduate education. Letters from friends, family members, co-workers, personal counselors or therapists, or clergy will not be accepted. Individuals providing recommendations must complete Simmons’s online recommendation form and are asked to address the candidate’s commitment to and readiness for graduate clinical social work education. Additional information on recommendations is provided in the online application.

Test Scores

There is no standardized testing requirement for SocialWork@Simmons. However, students for whom English is not their first language are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that demonstrates satisfactory proficiency. A minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computerized test, or 105 on the Internet-based test is required. Simmons must receive scores directly from ETS (Educational Testing Service). If you have questions about this requirement, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-855-523-SSSW (7779).


In some cases, the admissions committee may request an interview as part of the admissions process. Interviews can be conducted in person or via Skype.   

If you are ready to apply to SocialWork@Simmons, begin your application here. To contact an Admissions Counselor, call 1-855-523-SSSW (7779) or email You can also request more information here.

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