Social Work: For BSW Holders

If you completed your bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) within the last 5 years, you could be eligible for our Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing program.

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This program can be completed full-time in 9 months (two semesters) or extended/part-time in 24 months starting in the Fall semester. This program can be completed in 17 months starting in the Spring semester. 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 two-semester advanced year field placement
  • The opportunity to choose from a wide range of clinical electives
  • 9-month full-time program option
  • 17-month to 24-month extended/part-time program options

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.

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 field 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.

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 field education.

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Gary Bailey

  • Professor of Practice and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice
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Michelle Putnam

  • Professor and Jennifer Eckert '08 School of Social Work Chair and Director of Doctoral Program
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Jennifer Putney

  • Associate Professor and Director of Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education and Research
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Diane Zipoli

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Director of Field Education
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Eugenia Knight

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Director of On-Ground Field Education