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 and Instructions
Please submit an application file that includes the following:
Completed On-Line Application Form
The online application form requires you to upload your personal statement and resume prior to submission. Applications can be submitted online at any point prior to the admission deadlines, once available. To guarantee rapid processing of your application please submit your online application well in advance of the deadline. You may save and exit your online application form at any time. You may continue working on your application by signing back in using the credentials you supplied when you began the application. To ensure accurate tracking of your application materials, please be sure to start and submit only one application to our MSW program. If you want to change your start term or program, please email us. Please do not open another application.
$45 Non-Refundable Application Fee
A $45 application fee, payable by credit card, must be paid at the time of submission of your application. The application fee is not refundable. Limited application fee waivers are available for applicants affiliated with non-profit organizations such as City Year, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Teach for America, and military personnel and veterans. Please email Admissions to request instructions for obtaining the fee waiver.
Detailed resume must be uploaded before submitting the online application form. Your resume should include relevant employment and/or volunteer experiences, education and professional trainings/certificates. Please address any gaps in employment/volunteer experiences in your personal statement. A CV may also be submitted.
Three-to-Five-Page Personal Statement of Career Goals and How the Program Supports Them
- In your personal statement, let the admission committee know who you are, why you want to be a social worker and discuss your career goals.
- Be sure that your personal statement showcases an understanding of the field of clinical social work. What has drawn you to the field, aside from a passion for helping others?
- Why do you want to pursue a MSW degree at this time?
- Describe any professional or volunteer social work or human services experience that you have had in your life.
- How are your experiences relevant to social work? What can you bring to the field of social work? To the classroom?
- How the MSW degree will help you achieve your careers goals.
- Are you a career changer or don't have a social work background? Think about the skills that you have gained in other work experiences. How might those be transferrable as you serve your clients?
Official College Transcripts, Indicating Graduation Date
Sealed copies of official transcripts from all previous college courses taken are required. Community college and study abroad transcripts are required even if the course grades are reflected on your main college transcript. Official transcripts should be mailed to:
Simmons College School of Social Work
On-Campus Admission Programs
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Electronic transcripts may be also submitted via Student Clearing House, Scrip-Safe, E-Scrip, Parchment Exchange, or any other certified electronic transcript service. Unofficial, scanned or faxed transcripts sent by the applicant will not be accepted.
Three Letters of Professional or Academic Recommendation
- We require three recommendations to be submitted on your behalf, which must be submitted using our online recommendation form
- As you fill out your online application you will be able to send an invitation to your recommenders which will contain a personalized link to the online recommendation form. You may send the recommendation invitation to your recommenders at any point while you fill out your application. You do not have to wait to submit your application before sending the recommendation invitation. Please note, you must click the "Send Invitation" button to have the invitation sent out. This invitation is not sent out automatically and will not be sent out by Admissions.
- In addition to the required fields included in the online recommendation form, recommenders may choose to attach a formal letter of recommendation with their submission.
- After inputting your recommenders' information and sending the invitation you will be able to track the receipt status of each recommendation via your self-service portal.
*If your recommenders have any trouble accessing the online recommendation form or did not receive the initial recommendation invitation, please contact the Office of Admission for assistance.
TOEFL scores required if English is not the first language.
Source of Income (International Students)
A source of income statement is required for international students only.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores are not required.
After submitting the online application you will be able to track the status of your application and required materials by signing into your self-service portal at any time. While it is your responsibility to check on the status of your application via the self-service portal, the Office of Admission will occasionally send you emails will updated information about your application. Applications materials are updated to submitted applications daily and will be reflected in your self-service portal as soon as they are received. Please allow 5-7 business days after the submission of your online application for all required materials to be updated to your application and before contacting the Office of Admission regarding the status of your application.
Decisions will be mailed to the address that you provided on your application. To see when your admission decision will be mailed to you, please review our admission deadlines. Please inform the Office of Admission of any changes to your mailing address, phone number, or email address. Admission decisions will not be emailed or given over the phone.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 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.
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
Entering Spring 2015 (Extended Program only)
- Master of Social Work
- Master of Social Work/Urban Leadership Certificate
- Master of Social Work/School Social Worker Certificate
- Non-Matriculating Program
Entering Fall 2015 (Full-time Program and Extended Program)
- Master of Social Work
- Master of Social Work/Urban Leadership Certificate
- Master of Social Work/School Social Worker Certificate.
- Master of Social Work/Certificate in Healthcare and Social Work
- Master of Social Work/Advanced Standing Program (B.S.W. to M.S.W.)
- Doctoral Program
- Non-Matriculating Program
Spring 2015 (January start date only for M.S.W. 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 (Non-binding)
Prospective students who apply before or by October 30th will receive admission decisions as soon as their files are reviewed and will have priority consideration for merit scholarships. As soon as each application is complete, the file will be reviewed by the admission committee. The admission decision letters will be mailed as soon as the application is reviewed.
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 30th 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.
In order to be considered for rolling admission for the Spring 2015, please note that all application materials must be received by the Office of Admission no later than December 1, 2014.
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 2015 (September start date for full-time and extended part-time programs)
- Priority admission: January 15, 2015 (Non-binding)
- Regular general admission: March 2, 2015
- Transfer admission: March 2, 2015
- Rolling admission July 30, 2015
- Non-Matriculating Program July 30, 2015
Priority admission - January 15, 2015 (Non-binding)
(Deadline for MSW Full-Time, MSW Extended, MSW Advanced Standing and transfer students)
Prospective students who apply before or by January 15th will receive early admission decisions and will have priority consideration for merit scholarships. Applications have to be submitted on-line before or by January 15th. All admission decision letters will be mailed on February 23, 2015 to all prospective students who apply before or by January 15, 2015.
Accepted applicants who are eligible for merit scholarships will also receive their merit scholarship award letters with their admission letters. For priority consideration, all applications materials must be received by the deadline. 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 information about federal educational loans.
Regular general admission - March 2nd, 2015
(Deadline for MSW Full-Time, MSW Extended, MSW Advanced Standing and transfer students)
Prospective students who apply at any time after January 15th and before/or by March 2nd will have their admission decision letters mailed before or by April 15, 2015. Applications have to be submitted on-line before or by March 2nd, 2015. Prospective students who apply by March 2nd will be also considered for merit scholarships, if scholarship funds are still available. All applications materials must be post marked or submitted by the deadline. 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 information about federal educational loans.
Rolling admission-July 30, 2015
(Only MSW Extended/Part-Time Program)
Rolling admission is for those applicants who apply for the Extended/Part-time MSW program after February 28th. 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 in 4 weeks or less. Prospective students who apply on the rolling admission basis will be considered for merit scholarships, if scholarship funds are still available.
In order to be considered for rolling admission for the Fall 2015, please note that all application materials must be received by the Office of Admission no later than July 30th, 2015.
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
Advanced Standing Sample Schedule
|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|
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.
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.
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
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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