Can't wait to make a difference?

Our 16-month Accelerated MSW Program will get you into the field faster. 

The Simmons program -- the only on-campus accelerated MSW in New England – allows students to complete an MSW degree in four consecutive semesters over 16 months. You’ll start in September, taking courses in the fall, spring, summer and following fall semesters. You will also complete field placements during each semester of the program. 

The Accelerated program is perfect for students who have worked or volunteered in social work, and who excelled academically in their undergraduate studies. 

Program Requirements

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.

    Melinda Gushwa
    • Melinda Gushwa
    • Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the MSW
    • Phone: 617-521-3921
    • Office: P404G
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. 

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. 

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.


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.