Social Work: For BSW Holders

Earn your MSW Degree in only 9 months! If you completed your bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) within the last 7 years, you could be eligible for our Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing program.

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The Simmons MSW Advanced Standing program can be completed full-time in only 9 months (two semesters). You start in September and graduate in May with your MSW degree! You'll build on skills and knowledge learned at the BSW 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 two-semester advanced year field placement three-days-per-week (24 hours a week) from September to May, concurrent with a weekly, online field seminar to enhance knowledge and application of practical skills.
  • A total of eight advanced-level MSW courses including two electives of your choosing.
  • View the MSW Advanced Standing full-time program plan

Graduates from the MSW Advanced Standing Program are 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.

The MSW Advanced Standing Program can also be completed extended/part-time in 24 months starting in the Fall semester or in 17 months starting in the Spring semester

Our students apply their academic knowledge through direct-practice internships with individuals, groups, agencies, and larger systems. Prior to entering the MSW Advanced Standing Program, students meet with our practicum education faculty to assess interests, discuss learning goals, and arrange an internship plan. MSW Advanced Standing Students will do a 9-month advanced clinical placement. This internship focuses on advanced clinical skills and on the areas where the students want to specialize.

Students accepted into the Advanced-Standing Program receive credits for all foundation year courses and two semesters of field experience. Advanced-Standing students will have one advanced year field placement. Internships are three days (24 hours) per week, over two semesters, from September to May.

Connect with the School of Social Work

We will be happy to arrange for a personal visit, informational meeting, or class visit (when available). Arrangements can also be made to speak to a current SSW student to learn more about the MSW On-Campus program.

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Ready to take the next step? We'll guide you through the requirements and deadlines — and get you started on your way.

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Social Work at Simmons University

Our progressive, hands-on curriculum integrates education and practice with social justice values, multicultural perspectives and a strong emphasis on practicum education.

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Eugenia Knight

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Director of MSW Practicum Education