Simmons School of Social Work

Why Simmons?

Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) is the oldest school of social work in the country, and we are dedicated to our students’ success. Since 1904 we have trained social workers for clinical practice, working to strengthen the functioning of individuals, families, and communities. Today, our accredited social work programs allow our students and alumni to put theory into action all around the country, addressing the social issues affecting contemporary society and driving real change for those most in need.

At Simmons, students come first. We prepare social workers for successful careers, meaningful lives, and a powerful return on their educational investment. We take seriously the trust placed in Simmons to prepare our students for their life’s work.

A Clinical Social Work Graduate Program

Since its founding, SSW has trained clinical social workers, and this tradition continues with our online master’s degree in social work. Clinical social workers practice in direct settings (e.g., schools, court clinics, health centers, and hospitals), drawing on theories of human development, relational and group process, cultural learning, and social policy in the service of individuals, groups, families, and communities. Clinical social work draws on a wide range of theories to understand client problems, issues, and needs and is based on the assumption that people have the capacity for growth, change, and adaptation. Clinical social workers utilize a variety of evidence-informed approaches to intervention and treatment. Our approach to social work education is grounded in the profession’s history and commitment to social justice and guided by a professional code of ethics. SocialWork@Simmons prepares social workers for successful careers in a variety of practice settings.

Social Justice

Simmons College was founded on John Simmons’s vision of social justice for women, and the profession of social work is grounded in the premise that all people should have access to information, services, resources, and freedom from oppression and persecution. The Simmons social work community — students, faculty, and graduates — is dedicated to promoting social justice. The commitment to social justice often translates into social action on behalf of individuals, families, and communities. We believe that all people deserve the same opportunities to lead healthy, productive, and successful lives.


The Simmons School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Simmons College 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.

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