SocialWork@Simmons is an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program offered by Simmons School of Social Work. The admissions standards for the online MSW are the same as our on-campus program. We seek candidates who are interested in an education in clinical social work, committed to social work values, and possess the academic qualifications and work experience that will lead to success in our rigorous online program.
A completed application must include the following:
- 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 MSW 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:
Application Processing Services
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706
- Recommendation Forms
Candidates are required to secure three professional or academic letters of recommendation. For those with work or volunteer experience in the human services field, at least one recommendation must come from a direct supervisor. Additional letters may be obtained from senior employees. Candidates who have graduated recently must submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or fieldwork instructor 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 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 1-855-523-7779.
- Interview (by invitation)
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.
Students who are currently enrolled or were previously enrolled in another CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) program may apply to SocialWork@Simmons as transfer students. If you are applying as a transfer student, you must provide the following materials in addition to the general application requirements listed above:
- A letter of good standing from the dean/program director of the MSW program in which you are currently enrolled or were most recently enrolled.
- A statement outlining the reason for leaving your previous MSW and transferring to SocialWork@Simmons.
If admitted to the SocialWork@Simmons program, you may petition to transfer credits from your previous institution. Faculty will review previously completed courses to determine which, if any, are eligible for transfer.
If you have any questions about the application process, please speak with an Admissions Counselor at 1-855-523-7779.