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.

Putting Theory to Work

Simmons students apply their academic knowledge through direct-practice internships with individuals, groups, agencies, and larger systems. Prior to entering the M.S.W. 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.

The Full-Time Program

Internships are three days (24 hours) per week from September to May for both years of the M.S.W. Program. Students take a total of four courses concurrently the other two days. Summer class options and evening classes allow some flexibility.

The Extended-Study Program

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.

One-Year Placement

The one-year placement option is designed as a part of the three-year Extended-Study Program for students who have substantial experience in social work. Students who meet the guidelines and are accepted to the Program take two additional classes and complete one extended field placement during their third year. This is a highly selective program, intended for students who can demonstrate substantial experience in a clinical social work role. Students apply to this program during the first year of enrollment and complete a total of 66 credits.

Advanced-Standing Program

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.

Current MSW Students

Detailed information on Field Education is available here.


Example Field Placements

SSW students receive exceptional professional training at more than 300 field placement sites throughout New England, ranging from schools and hospitals to government agencies and private organizations. Here are some of our field placement partners:

  • AIDS Action Committee
  • Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention
  • Andover Public Schools
  • Bay Cove Treatment Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Big Sister Association
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
  • Boston Juvenile Court Clinic
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Brookline Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Children's Charter
  • Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Dimock Community Health Center
  • Faulkner Hospital
  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Framingham State College
  • Friends of the Children Boston
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Harvard Law School — Criminal Justice Institute
  • Home for Little Wanderers
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Latino Health Institute
  • Martha Eliot Health Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Center
  • MCI-Norfolk Correctional Complex
  • McLean Hospital
  • Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
  • Stone Center at Wellesley College
  • South End Community Mental Health Center
  • VA Medical Centers
  • Victory Programs
  • Y.O.U., Inc.

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