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- Gary Bailey
- Professor of Practice, Director of Urban Leadership Program
- Phone: 617-521-3977
- Office: P404J
- Sandra Bailly
- Associate Professor of Practice & Field Education Specialist
- Phone: 617-521-3951
- Office: P304L
- Nancy Blumberg
- Associate Professor of Practice, Field Education Department
- Phone: 617-521-2901
- Program Requirements
Required Social Work Courses
SW 401A Social Policy
SW 402 Information Literacy Program
SW 409 Racism
SW 411A Human Behavior
SW 414 Assessment & Diagnosis
SW 421 (A&B) Social Work Practice
SW 424 (A&B) Advanced Clinical Practice
SW 441 Research
SW 446 (A&B) Field Education I
SW 447 (A&B) Field Education II
SW 509 Evaluation
SW 577 Groups
Social Action Elective
Must earn 65 credits.
If you choose a specialization you may have additional requirements.
- Full-Time Option
Students in the full-time MSW Program typically require two years to complete their degree. They are assigned a field placement for three days a week for both years of the Program and take classes two days per week.
See the full program plan.
- 16 Month Accelerated Option
The Simmons Accelerated 16-Month MSW program allows students to complete their MSW degree in four consecutive semesters over 16 months. The plan of study starts in September with students taking courses in the fall, spring, summer, and following fall semesters. Students are in field placements each semester.
The accelerated MSW is the only on-campus program in New England. This 65-credit degree program has the same course work and requirements as the two-year full-time and three-year extended programs, but students earn their degree one semester sooner. The 16-month MSW program enrolls 15-18 students each year. Due to the accelerated course schedule, previous strong undergraduate academic performance is a plus, and substantial prior work and/or volunteer experience in social work/human services is strongly recommended.
The Accelerated 16-Month MSW program does not apply to specialized MSW programs such as School Social Worker, Urban Leadership, and Healthcare, which need to be completed full time in two years or part time in three years.
See the full program plan.
- Part-Time Extended Option
- The Extended-Study Program offers students the option to expand a two-year program into two-and-a-half, three or four years. The first year of the Program could be called part-time, as students devote two days a week to classes and study. Simmons offers flexible evening and Saturday scheduling to accommodate working professionals; however, not all program requirements can be met in the evening or on Saturdays. In the subsequent years, students must plan four or five days per week for classes and field placements. Most students complete the program in three years. Note: A limited number of 16 hour per week/11 month placements are available to students in the Full-Time and Extended Programs.
See the full program plan.
- Advanced-Standing Option
- The Simmons School of Social Work offers a 12-month Advanced-Standing Program to qualified applicants with a bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) who have graduated within the last five years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Program includes one three-days-per-week (24-hour) field placement from September to August, concurrent with a total of eight advanced-level courses.
See the full program plan.
- Clinical Specializations
Clinical specializations build on Foundation Year required courses and the first-year field placement to expand a student's assessment, intervention, and practice evaluation skills. Students may choose from four different specializations, each addressing the specific needs of particular client populations. Although electing a specialization is not required, SSW concentrations allow students to delve deeply into an area of interest and related skills development through a combination of electives taught by faculty experts and a second-year field placement working in a related practice setting.
- Child and Family
- Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
- Specialization in Mental Health and Addictions
- Specialization in Health and Aging
- Field Education
Putting Theory to Work
Our students apply their academic knowledge through direct-practice internships with individuals, groups, agencies, and larger systems. Prior to entering the MSW Program, students meet with our field education faculty to assess interests, discuss learning goals, and arrange an internship plan. First-year internships provide a strong foundation of social work practice skills. Mid-way through their first placement, students meet with an advisor to plan for the advanced second-year placement. Second-year internships focus on advanced clinical skills and areas of specialization.
Internships are three days (24 hours) per week from September to May for both years of the MSW Program. Students take a total of four courses concurrently the other two days. Summer class options and evening classes allow some flexibility.
16-Month Accelerated Program Students
Accelerated MSW students will have two field placements – one during the fall and spring of the first year and an advanced clinical year placement in the summer and fall of the second year. Students will meet with a field placement specialist in the fall to begin the placement selection process for their advanced clinical year.
Please note that the alternative accelerated schedule which includes a summer semester of field education will somewhat limit the advanced year field placement choices.
Extended Program Students
Internships, taken during the second and third years of the program, are three days (24 hours) per week from September to May. Students can choose to do placements 16 hours per week for 11 months.
Employment as Field Placement
On occasion, students who are currently employed by a human service agency may be permitted to do their internship as a supervised "job placement" at their current agency. Students interested in this option must apply to the field department. Only placements that meet the strict criteria — including the provision of a new LICSW supervisor and a new work assignment — are approved. Only one placement can be a job placement.
Students accepted into the Advanced-Standing Program receive credits for all foundation year courses and one semester of field experience. Advanced-Standing students will have one extended advanced year field placement. Internships are three days (24 hours) per week, over three semesters, from September to early August. Most students complete the program within one year.
We are committed to providing a personalized, coordinated, and integrated learning experience. Faculty advisors supervise each student's course load and work with students to help them select field education placements that meet their goals.
Graduates of our program have established themselves as strong agents of change who are grounded in direct clinical practice and committed to working with under-served populations. Areas in which graduates are currently working include child welfare, community mental health, corrections, disaster response, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing, juvenile justice, medicine, public health, public policy and school social work.
Alumni Career Examples
- Ombudsman for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Oncology Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Social Worker, Unaccompanied Minors Program, Lutheran Social Services
- School Social Worker, Brookline Public Schools
- METCO Coordinator, Cohasset Public Schools
- Social Worker/Volunteer Coordinator, Health Leeds, Baltimore, MD
- Program Associate, Children's Aid Society of New York, Family Rewards Program
- Mental Health Consultant, Children's Hospital Boston
- Director, LGBT Services, MIT Office of Student Life
- Emergency Room Social Worker, Children's Hospital Boston
- Founder/CEO, Osiris Group Mental Health Provider, Boston
- Constituency services coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
- Management and policy analyst, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
- Social Worker, Visiting Nurse Service of New York City, Mobile Community Support Team
- Director of Volunteer Services, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Newton, MA
- CEO and President, LBD Counseling & Consulting Clinic, Randolph, MA
- Social Worker, St. Francis House Homeless Shelter
- Domestic Violence Advocate, Brigham and Women's Hospital Passageways Program, Boston, MA
- How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in attending Simmons! We pledge to help you achieve a successful career, a meaningful life, and a powerful return on your educational investment. Our program is distinguished in many ways: an innovator in social work education; nationally acclaimed faculty; alumni who are leaders in their fields; and an ideal Boston location in the Fenway and Longwood Medical Area.