Earn A Clinically Focused MSW Online from Simmons University

The Nation's First School of Clinical Social Work

Earn A Clinically Focused MSW Online from Simmons University

The Nation's First School of Clinical Social Work

Our clinically focused online Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum emphasizes social justice values and multicultural perspectives, preparing you for direct practice in a range of clinical settings.

65
graduate-level credits
2
field education placement sites
1,120
hours of field education
15
As few as 15 months to complete

Online Master of Social Work Curriculum

Online MSW Curriculum

Our faculty delivers thought-provoking lectures online for the SocialWork@Simmons curriculum. Students learn about different theoretical frameworks and practice methods, such as:

  • ecological systems theory
  • human development
  • sociocultural theory
  • psychodynamic theory
  • cognitive behavioral theory
  • solution-focused therapy
  • motivational interviewing
  • ecological systems theory
  • human development
  • sociocultural theory
  • psychodynamic theory
  • cognitive behavioral theory
  • solution-focused therapy
  • motivational interviewing

Students emerge with a repertoire of evidence-informed approaches and interventions to use in their own practice.

Online MSW Courses of Study

After completing the online MSW program’s foundation courses, you may proceed to the advanced clinical curriculum where you will have the option to choose one of four specialized courses of study — enabling you to deepen your understanding of the specific populations or social issues that interest you most: 

Child and Family

Trauma and Interpersonal Violence

Mental Health and Addictions

Health and Aging

You can also choose the Individualized Course of Study, which allows you to customize your advanced clinical curriculum based on your interests and career goals.

View the online Master of Social Work courses.

Field Education

Field internships are identified in or near your community by the placement team. Under the guidance of trained social workers, you will spend 1,120 placement hours applying and refining the skills you are learning in the asynchronous material and in your weekly live sessions.

Learn more about field education.

 

Online MSW Admissions

The online MSW program offers full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks so you can earn your degree at the pace that best fits your lifestyle. The program can be completed in as few as 15 months or as many as 32 months. Our supportive, hands-on cohort model enables you to connect with your classmates and professors and build relationships that continue after graduation through one-on-one time with faculty during online office hours and study groups with fellow students.

There are five cohort start dates per year, and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Learn how to apply for our next cohort.

The May 2019 Cohort Priority Deadline Is March 15, 2019

The May 2019 Cohort Priority Deadline Is March 15, 2019

Student Experience

Our Online Campus

The cornerstone of the SocialWork@Simmons program is weekly interactive classes with an average of 15 students, which provide you the opportunity to discuss social work concepts and practice. Live classes allow you to speak directly with a diverse group of classmates and expert faculty, who are dedicated, distinguished clinicians. As a student, you will have 24/7 access to all tools, features, and course content.

Each week via HD streaming video, you will attend live online classes that bring students and faculty face-to-face in real time. The online classroom takes advantage of dynamic sharing and collaboration features that are designed to enhance students’ learning experiences. Tools and functionality include:

  • Small-group breakout rooms
  • Video and document sharing
  • Live chats, surveys, and polls
  • Collaborative content annotation
  • Screen-sharing capabilities
  • Full class recordings

Community is core to the SocialWork@Simmons experience. The program offers multiple opportunities outside of the classroom to establish meaningful, lasting connections with peers and faculty: 

  • Participate in student life, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities, such as the Student Leadership Council or the First Generation Mentoring Program.
  • Get to know fellow students during your weekly free block, when no classes are scheduled.
  • Take a trip to Boston to celebrate graduation and create lasting memories with your faculty and classmates.

Student Support

You will receive comprehensive support that begins the moment you request information about SocialWork@Simmons.

During the admissions process, you will work with a dedicated admissions counselor who is available to answer questions about the program and the application process. Upon admission to SocialWork@Simmons, you are assigned an adviser who can meet with you face-to-face via the online platform throughout the program.

As part of your field education, you will work with our field placement team to find an appropriate internship site in or near your community.

Access Hundreds of Workspaces Worldwide

WeWork is a coworking community that offers its members inspiring work environments around the world. SocialWork@Simmons students can use WeWork locations as additional study spaces through a Global Access membership. Students who live or travel near a WeWork location can conveniently reserve workstations, collaborate with classmates, and network with other professionals at WeWork events.

What Is Clinical Social Work?

Clinical social work draws on models of therapeutic practice, theories of human development, relational and group process, cultural learning, and social policy in the service of individuals, groups, families, and communities. It is also based on the assumption that people have the capacity for growth, change, and adaptation.

Clinical social workers use evidence-informed approaches to intervention and treatment, and they practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, mental health centers, family agencies, Veterans Affairs centers, and private practice.

Our online Master of Social Work degree program, SocialWork@Simmons, is grounded in the profession’s history and commitment to social justice and guided by a professional code of ethics, preparing aspiring social workers to understand client problems, issues, and needs.

 

Request Information About the Online MSW

Learn more about the SocialWork@Simmons academic experience by requesting information today.

Become a Licensed Social Worker

Many employment opportunities in the social work field require licensure. A Master of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited college or university is required to pursue social work licensure in most states, including Massachusetts.

Through SocialWork@Simmons, students graduate prepared to pursue licensure as a clinical social worker in Massachusetts1 and other states. Job responsibilities for licensed clinicians vary based on the professional setting, but they are likely to include the following tasks:

  • Diagnosing disorders
  • Creating treatment plans
  • Conducting individual, family, and group sessions
  • Campaigning for policy changes

Learn more about social work licensure.

Simmons School of Social Work

Simmons School of Social Work is the first school of clinical social work in the country. Since 1904 we have trained social workers for clinical practice, working to strengthen the functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Our online Master of Social Work program, SocialWork@Simmons, allows our students and alumni to put theory into action around the country, addressing the social problems affecting contemporary society and driving real change for those most in need.

Accreditation

Simmons School of Social Work is accredited by the CSWE. Simmons University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc., the United States’ regional accreditation association providing educational accreditation at all levels of postsecondary education.

A Warm, Inclusive Student Experience

“When I started the program, I was concerned that I would feel isolated and not forge friendships with my peers. I was pleasantly surprised that on a virtual platform I was not only able to get to know my classmates but also make a handful of close friends that have become an important part of my life.”

— Nichole Leary, ’17

 

Take the Next Step

SocialWork@Simmons prepares you to not only pursue licensure as a clinical social worker but also to advocate for social justice as an activist practitioner who provides psychosocial support in your community. Earn your MSW online from Simmons School of Social Work.