Master of Social Work

Simmons's nationally regarded Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Program provides a rigorous clinical social work education for women and men. The Program is highly respected for its fieldwork component, with internships three days per week in both years of the Program. We offer a progressive, hands-on curriculum that infuses education and practice with social justice values and multicultural perspectives.

Apply to the M.S.W. Program

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.

SocialWork@Simmons, our online M.S.W., features the same admissions requirements and criteria as our on-campus programs. 

Admission Requirements

Please submit a completed application file that includes the following:

  • Completed on-line application form
  • $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Résumé
  • Three- to five-page personal statement of career goals and how the program supports them
  • Official college transcripts, indicating graduation date
  • Three letters of professional or academic recommendation
  • TOEFL scores, if English is not the first language
  • Source of income statement (for international students)

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, achieving at least a B (3.0) average; it is desirable that applicants have a balanced liberal arts education on the undergraduate level.

Relevant experience through summer employment, volunteer work during/after college, and/or full-time employment in the human services field after college graduation is required, though no course credit is given for life or work experience.

Applicants must show a commitment to social work values and personal qualifications for social work, evidenced in the applicant's Statement of Professional and Educational Intent, and the applicant's letters of recommendation.

Standardized test scores are not required.

An interview is not required; however under certain circumstances we may require an interview with the Director of Admission or a member of the SSW Admissions Committee after application review. Although an interview is not required, informational visits and/or informational conversations via telephone are welcomed and can be arranged by calling 617-521-3939.

Start Your Application

Online Application (preferred method)

Spring 2015 (Extended Program) - Coming soon
Entering Fall 2014 (Full-time Program and Extended Program)  

We are not accepting any more applications for the MSW Full-Time program for Fall 2014. We do not have any more seats available for Fall 2014.  


 Download a Paper Application

This downloadable application may be used for all Master of Social Work programs: full-time, part-time, Urban Leadership, and advanced standing option. It is the applicant's responsibility for mailing the application packet as a complete unit. Incomplete applications packets will not be reviewed for admission until all materials are received.

Mail your completed application to:

Simmons School of Social Work

Admission Office

300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

Non-Matriculating Program

The non-matriculating program is available to prospective students who wish to enroll in one or two courses before formally applying to our Master's in Social Work program. In some instances, applicants may be required by the Office of Admissions to enroll in the non-matriculating program prior to formal matriculation. The non-matriculating option and course offerings are available on a space available basis.

Advanced Standing Program Application Supplement

If you are applying for advanced standing, in addition to the MSW application, please enclose the information requested in the following form:

Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 (January start date only for extended program 2 1/2 years)

  • Priority admission October 30, 2014
  • Rolling admission December 1, 2014
  • Transfer students October 15, 2014
  • Non-Matriculating Program December 1, 2014

Priority admission- October 30, 2014

Prospective students who apply by October 30th will receive early admission decisions and will have priority consideration for merit scholarships. The admission decision letters will be mailed by November 15th to all prospective students who apply before or by October 30, 2014. Applicants who are eligible for merit scholarships will also receive their merit scholarship award letters with their admission letters.

The Office of Students Financial Services will mail accepted applicants a separate letter that will include complete financial aid information, including merit scholarship, if eligible, and federal educational loans.

Rolling admission- December 1, 2014

Prospective students who apply at any time after October 15th and before or by December 1st will be notified on a rolling admission basis. As soon as applicant files are completed, the admission committee will review their files, and notify applicants within 10 business days. Prospective students who apply by December 1st will be considered for merit scholarships, if merit scholarship funds are still available.

The Office of Students Financial Services will mail accepted applicants a separate letter that will include complete financial aid information, including merit scholarship, if eligible, and federal educational loans. _________________________________________________________________________

Fall 2014 (September start date for extended part-time programs)

  • Rolling admission July 30, 2014
  • Transfer admission February 17, 2014
  • Non-Matriculating Program July 30, 2014

 Rolling admission for the 3 year and 4 year Extended MSW Programs- July 30, 2014

(Deadline for only Extended MSW Program)

 Rolling admission is for those applicants who apply for the Extended/Part-time MSW program. Rolling admission is done on space available basis. As soon as applicant files are completed, the admission committee will review their files, and notify applicants within 10 to 15 days. Prospective students who apply on the rolling admission basis will be considered for merit scholarships, if scholarship funds are still available.

The Office of Student Financial Services will mail accepted applicants a separate letter that will include complete financial aid information, including merit scholarship, if eligible, and federal educational loans.

Advanced-Standing Option for BSW Graduates

Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree in social work (B.S.W.) and who have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program within the last five years can apply for Simmons's three-semester Advanced Standing Program. The program includes a three-day-per-week (24 hours) advanced field placement from September to early August (13 credits), and 24 credits of advanced coursework.

Admission requirements for the Advanced Standing Program include:

  • A B.S.W. from a CSWE-accredited program.
  • A minimum grade of "B" (3.0) in all B.S.W. course work.
  • An overall GPA of 3.3.
  • Completion of the B.S.W. within the last five years.

Please submit a completed application file that includes the following:

  • All admission materials requested for the M.S.W. degree
  • Of the three letters of recommendation, one must be from the supervisor of the applicant's B.S.W. internship. Applicants who have been employed in a social work position for a minimum of one year post B.S.W. may submit a letter of reference from an M.S.W. employment supervisor. 
  • In addition to the statement of professional and educational intent, Advanced-Standing applicants must include a two- to three-page summary of their B.S.W. internship learning, including:
    • social work models and approaches utilized
    • a case example that exemplifies how the applicant applied theory to guide his or her understanding of the case and intervention or treatment plan
    • a self-assessment of learning to date, including goals and challenges anticipated in an advanced clinical placement
  • A copy of the applicant's most recent B.S.W. field placement evaluation

Students interested in applying to the Advanced Standing Program must provide supplemental materials in addition to the general application for admission to the M.S.W. program. Please download the form below and return completed information with your M.S.W. application:

Advanced Standing Sample Schedule
Course Title Semester
Advanced Clinical Practice Fall
Advanced Standing Seminar Fall
Assessment and Diagnosis Fall
Clinical Practice Electives (2) Spring and Summer
Evaluation in Social Work Practice Fall or Spring
Field Education Fall, Spring and Summer
Social Action Elective Fall, Spring, or Summer
Open Elective (1) Fall, Spring or Summer
Please Note

If all of your supplemental Advanced Standing materials are not included in your admissions packet, please explain in a letter what is not included, why, and when we can expect to receive the missing materials.

Transfer Student Applicants

Transfer students are encouraged to apply to SSW. Acceptance is based on the strength of their application and available openings. Transfer applicants should submit all admission materials for the M.S.W. degree. In addition, the applicant should include a current transcript from their M.S.W. program, a statement outlining their reasons for transferring and a letter of good standing from their current M.S.W. program Dean or Director.

Students who earned course and/or field work credits in an accredited M.S.W. program may receive up to the equivalent of one-half of the total credits needed for graduation or 33 credits. Only courses in which a student has received a B or better will be accepted. Credit received for courses completed five years prior to a student's admission to his or her current degree program are not accepted for transfer. Accepted transfer applicants submit syllibi and other course material to the SSW for review and transfer credit approval.

International Students

Simmons welcomes applications from international students. In recent years, the school has enrolled students from countries including Korea, Uganda, Kenya, Italy, Canada, China, and Japan. Students for whom English is not the 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 test scores directly from ETS.

TOEFL Institution Code=3761 TOEFL Department Code=95

International students also must submit a Certificate of Finances Form that demonstrates proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses while enrolled at Simmons. The school cannot issue an I-20 until we have received the required statement. Please arrange with your bank, sponsor, or government to complete our Certificate of Finances Form, which is available online or by request.

We regret that we are not able to provide financial assistance or teaching assistantships to international students.

Visa requirements dictate that international students on an F-1 student status complete their course of graduate study within a two-year period. Students should plan to use summer sessions to take courses in order to remain in compliance.

Other Requirements


The school requires that students have received a minimum grade of "B" in an introductory statistics course within five years prior to entering the master's program. SSW offers statistics courses in the spring and summer for entering students who need to complete this requirement. Accepted students may also enroll in a basic statistics course at any accredited college or university. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Writing Skills for Social Workers

This course may be required as a preregistration condition for some students. It teaches some of the basic skills necessary for written work at Simmons including such issues as; writing a literature review, organizational skills in writing, using the APA format and other skills useful for entry into the program. If this course is required, satisfactory completion is necessary prior to matriculation.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Effective September 1, 1989, all full-time and three-fourths time students enrolled in a Massachusetts institution of higher education are required to be covered by health insurance for the 12 months following September 1, or from the date of enrollment, if after September 1, until August 31 of each year enrolled. The insurance coverage must meet minimum requirements as defined by the state as Qualifying Student Health Insurance Plan (QSHIP). All colleges offer insurance that students must purchase unless they waive participation by demonstrating that they have comparable coverage.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Simmons College does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, ancestry, genetic information, or veteran status in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities in accordance with state and federal law, including but not limited to, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Code of Federal Regulations Parts 100, 104, 106, and 110. The Collegeís Office of Human Resources, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02115 (telephone: 617-521-2084) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Collegeís nondiscrimination policies concerning employment. All other inquiries should be directed to the Office of the President, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02115 (617-521-2073). Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20202.

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Tuition & Financial Aid


The Simmons M.S.W. Program reflects our commitment 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.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions:

Simmons School of Social Work
Office of Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5898