February 18, 2014

Market demand for social work practitioners is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics External link. Now, aspiring social work professionals from around the country have the opportunity to earn a Master of Social Work degree from a nationally accredited institution — online.

Introducing: SocialWork@Simmons from Simmons College School of Social Work.

The nation’s first school of social work, Simmons College School of Social Work continues its 100+ year tradition of innovation with its announcement today of a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online. The new program will offer aspiring social workers from around the country the opportunity to earn a graduate social work degree from an institution that is a pioneer in clinical social work education.

So what makes SocialWork@Simmons stand out?

“The combination of a unique online learning platform, small class sizes and top-notch field placements will provide a truly comprehensive academic experience, in keeping with the standards established for our highly regarded campus-based clinical program,” said Stefan Krug, M.S.W., Ph.D., dean and professor of the Simmons School of Social Work. “This innovative program will position our graduates to advance in an industry where the need for highly skilled professionals is growing rapidly.”

SocialWork@Simmons offers the same rigorous curriculum as Simmons’s on-campus MSW program. Distinguished Simmons faculty teach via an online learning platform that combines live, weekly, face-to-face sessions with self-paced, interactive coursework. Classes are limited to a maximum of 15 students per session for a truly robust learning experience.

As with the on-campus MSW program, SocialWork@Simmons will provide students with field training through approved field placements in or near their own communities, preparing them for direct interaction with individuals, families and communities. Students will also receive personalized services, including technology assistance and library access, along with comprehensive academic and career advising services while enrolled and after graduation.

Simmons is currently accepting applications for the first cohort, which will begin in July 2014. Additional cohorts will be added throughout the year. Applicants will be required to meet the same admissions and academic standards as the school’s on-campus program.

The program will be offered through a partnership with 2U Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions that enable leading nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver their high quality education to students anywhere. For more information on SocialWork@Simmons, please visit socialwork.simmons.edu or follow the program on Twitter at @SimmonsMSW External link. Those interested in learning more about the program and its admissions requirements can contact an admissions counselor at 855-523-SSSW (7779) or admissions@socialwork.simmons.edu.

About Simmons School of Social Work & Simmons College
The Simmons School of Social Work (www.simmons.edu/ssw External link), founded in 1904 as a joint venture with Harvard University, is the nation’s oldest school of social work. With a nationally acclaimed clinical social work program, Simmons SSW is a leader in educating students for the demands of contemporary practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. Simmons College (www.simmons.edu External link) is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.