General FAQ

  1. What is SocialWork@Simmons?
  2. What is the difference between SocialWork@Simmons and Simmons’s on-campus MSW 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 MSW 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 MSW 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 (MSW) 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 MSW 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 MSW 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 all 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 MSW program?

    The traditional online MSW program requires the completion of 65 credits to earn your MSW degree. The advanced standing program requires the completion of 37 credit hours to earn your MSW degree.

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

    Students can complete SocialWork@Simmons on an accelerated, full-time, or part-time (extended program) basis. There is also an advanced standing program option for qualified students that hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

  7. How long does the program take to complete?

    The advanced standing and accelerated programs can be completed in 15 months. The full-time program can be completed in 22 months. The average time to complete the extended program is 32 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-campus students, and, upon graduation, we welcome you to campus for graduation.

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

    SocialWork@Simmons classes hold an average of 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 to choose an Individualized Course of Study or to select a focus for your studies from one of four Specialized Courses of Study: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging.

  12. Will my degree indicate that I earned my MSW 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 MSW 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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