School of Social Work

The School of Social Work (SSW) is distinguished in many ways — with nationally acclaimed faculty, a strong emphasis on clinical practice, alumni who are leaders in their fields, and innovative teaching practices that set our graduates above the rest. Our ideal Boston location among world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities provides a great backdrop for learning and living.

Make a difference in the world.

For over a century, Simmons has been a leader in innovative social work education. From state-of-the-art simulations (the use of actors to simulate real world practice) embedded into our BSW & MSW courses, to our renowned field education program, to our PhD and DSW programs which have a strong mentoring component and values practice experience, Simmons provides a one-of-a-kind social work education experience.

Our faculty love being in the classroom and use their experience as practitioners to inform their research and their teaching. Simmons values teaching excellence and our faculty make the real world of practice come alive in the classroom. As the cradle of social work education, Simmons School of Social Work prides itself on engaging in innovative teaching and experiential learning opportunities.  Since 1904, our faculty have led the way in creating new knowledge for the social work profession, blazing the trail for our alumni to become the best clinical practitioners and social work leaders in the country.

At our Boston campus we offer state of the art education in our BSW, MSW, & Doctoral programs. Our reach extends across the country through our innovative Online MSW and DSW Programs, [email protected]

Whether you’re interested in a BSW, MSW, DSW or PhD degree, we prepare you for careers as exceptional practitioners, clinicians, leaders and scholars.

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On-Campus Programs

At Simmons, we prepare our grads for what’s next. Our BSWs, MSWs & PhDs are highly competitive in their respective job markets and have high pass rates on national exams. The social work world knows that Simmons grads will make a difference.

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Online Programs

Our immersive, fully online MSW and PhD programs bring the transformational Simmons education to you in a format that fits your lifestyle.

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Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education & Research

The Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education & Research at Simmons University (CIBER) is a hub of innovation in training and research in health care, technology, and substance use that aims to serve urban and rural communities by increasing access to high-quality, evidence-informed care.

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Field Educator

The Field Educator was created to promote communication and knowledge exchange among field educators in academia and in the practice community. It offers a variety of presentations of innovative field education practice and research, using an online format for maximum accessibility.

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Gary Bailey (left) and Darren Graves (right)

On June 16, Gary Bailey, Professor of Practice and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice at Simmons University, moderated a Colleges of the Fenway panel discussion, “Juneteenth, Then and Now: A Conversation on Being the Change Through Arts and Activism."

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