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 College

The Nation's First School of Social Work

A Clinical Social Work Curriculum

The Simmons School of Social Work prepares clinical social workers for direct practice in settings such as schools, court clinics, health centers, and hospitals. The online Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum draws on practical approaches, such as solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavior therapy, as well as theories of human development, relational and group process, cultural learning, and social policy. After completing required coursework and in-person field education, students emerge ready to use a repertoire of psychodynamic and evidence-informed approaches to intervention and treatment.

Explore our CSWE-accredited program.

Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended Options

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. We use a cohort model that enables you to connect with your classmates and professors and build relationships that continue after graduation. There are five cohort start dates per year, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn how to apply for our next cohort, which starts classes in March.

View the admissions requirements.

Online MSW Courses of Study

As a student in our clinically focused online Master of Social Work (MSW) program, you will choose one of four specialized courses of study or an Individualized Course of Study.

Advocate for Children and Families

Promote the overall well-being of children and families in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, courts, and juvenile justice settings.

Learn about the Child and Family specialized course of study.

Provide Trauma-Informed Services

Address social and systemic problems that perpetuate trauma, and help survivors cope using the latest evidence-based approaches and principles from neurobiology.

Learn about the Trauma and Interpersonal Violence specialized course of study.

Work With Adults and Families Across the Life Span

Improve the well-being of older adults and their families as they navigate health-related challenges together and learn how to thrive during each stage of life.

Learn about the Health and Aging specialized course of study.

Support Those With Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders

Explore treatments and assessments that benefit people suffering from persistent mental illness and substance use disorders.

Learn about the Mental Health and Addictions specialized course of study.

Simmons School of Social Work

Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) is the oldest 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 accredited online social work program 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.

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

A Graduate Clinical Social Work Program

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 courts, mental health centers, family agencies, inpatient units, and senior centers.

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.

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.