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 campus location in Boston is embedded in world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities, which provides inspiration for our faculty locally and across the country.

Make a difference in the world with our social work programs.

For over a century, Simmons has been a leader in innovative social work education. From cutting-edge simulations (the use of actors to simulate real world practice), to our renowned practicum education program, to our PhD and DSW programs which have strong mentoring components and value practice expertise, the School of Social Work provides students with a one-of-a-kind social work education.

Our faculty love being in the classroom and use their experience as practitioners to inform their research and 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, educators, and social work leaders in the country.

For students interested in immersing themselves in the Boston community, we offer state-of-the-art education in our BSW and MSW programs. Our reach extends across the country through our innovative online BSW, MSW, PhD, and DSW programs. Whether you’re interested in a BSW, MSW, DSW or PhD degree, we prepare you for careers as exceptional practitioners, clinicians, leaders, educators, and scholars.

About the School of Social Work

Founded in 1904, Simmons was the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.

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On-Campus Social Work 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 Social Work 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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Career Development and Alumnae/i Networks

Our programs prepare graduates for successful careers in social work, as practitioners, policy experts, scholars, teachers, and leaders.

Admission Requirements for Social Work Programs

Social Work Graduate Programs

Learn more about our admissions guidelines for our graduate and PhD level social work degrees. Embark on the next chapter of your career today!

Undergraduate Social Work Degrees

Learn more about our admissions process and deadlines for our undergraduate social work degrees. Start your one-of-a-kind social work education experience by applying today!

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Center for Innovation in Clinical Social Work

Prioritizing social justice, human rights, and community engagement, the Center for Innovation in Clinical Social Work serves as the intellectual hub for developing innovative clinical social work research and accelerating dissemination into practice communities.


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SSW Field Educator

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

Current Issue

School of Social Work in the News

Professor of Social Work Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Professor Hamilton-Mason Honored by Haymarket People’s Fund

The Haymarket People's Fund has described Professor Johnnie Hamilton-Mason as “an interdisciplinary researcher” and honored her for her work in support of the Fund.

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Professor Gary Bailey Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

According to the press release, this event “was a testament to the unwavering commitment of all involved to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for young people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.”

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Advancing Harm Reduction: The Case for Overdose Prevention Centers

A conversation with Jeffrey Steen, Assistant Professor in the Simmons University School of Social Work.

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Exploring Immigrant Stories: Being, Longing, Surviving and Thriving

A conversation with Hugo Kamya, Professor in the Simmons University School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Clinical Social Work.

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Voices of Resilience: Exploring Psychological Clubhouses and Older Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses

A conversation with Lydia Ogden, Associate Professor in the Simmons University School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Innovation in Clinical Social Work.

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Associate Professor of Social Work Olivia Montgomery Promotes Fat Liberation

In December of 2023, Simmons School of Social Work Associate Professor Olivia Montgomery offered virtual testimony in support of a bill prohibiting body size discrimination. In a presentation to the Simmons community in February, Montgomery offered an introduction to Fat Liberation in Social Work, examining the root causes of anti-fatness and its widespread consequences.

Dr. Michael C. LaSala

School of Social Work Dean Among Most Impactful Contributors

School of Social Work Dean Michael LaSala was included in the 100 Most Impactful Global Contributors to Social Work Publications, a list published by Sage Journals.

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Dr. Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW selected as Dean of the School of Social Work

Simmons University is pleased to announce that it has selected Dr. Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW to serve as Dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. LaSala will begin the transition to Simmons during the week of February 5, 2024, and his term will officially begin on July 1, 2024.

Upcoming School of Social Work Events

Practicum Education Orientation for MSW Practicum Instructors/Site Supervisors

  • Aug 14, 2024
  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Practicum Education Orientation for MSW Students

  • Aug 28, 2024
  • 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Info Session: On-Campus MSW Program

  • Sep 21, 2024
  • 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Kotzen Room, Ground Floor, Lefavour Building