Go from the classroom to the clinical setting in just 12 months.

If you completed your bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) within the last 5 years* you could be eligible for our 12-month MSW Advanced Standing Program. You'll build on skills and knowledge learned at the undergraduate level and gain in-depth experience in clinical social work. Highlights of the program include:

  • A one-semester seminar planned exclusively for advanced standing students that focuses on the integration of theory and practice
  • A clinically focused three-semester advanced year field placement
  • The opportunity to select one of four advanced clinical specializations

Students graduate from the MSW Advanced Standing Program eligible to sit for the LCSW license exam and are prepared for jobs in a full range of clinical social work positions, including jobs in medical social work, mental health, aging services and child and family services.

*from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education 

Program Requirements

The 12-month MSW Advanced-Standing Program is open to qualified applicants with a bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) who have graduated within the last five years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Program includes one three-days-per-week (24-hour) field placement from September to August, concurrent with a total of eight advanced-level courses.

See the full program plan

    Joanna Almeida
    • Joanna Almeida
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3974
    • Office: P412B
    Gary Bailey
    • Gary Bailey
    • Professor of Practice, Director of Urban Leadership Program
    • Phone: 617-521-3977
    • Office: P404J
    Sandra Bailey
    • Sandra Bailly
    • Associate Professor of Practice & Field Education Specialist
    • Phone: 617-521-3951
    • Office: P304L
    Nancy Blumberg
    • Nancy Blumberg
    • Associate Professor of Practice, Field Education Department
    • Phone: 617-521-2901
    • Office: P304K
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Field Education

Putting Theory to Work

Our students apply their academic knowledge through direct-practice internships with individuals, groups, agencies, and larger systems. Prior to entering the MSW 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.

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.


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.