Simmons College Online MSW Programs

Our partner SocialWork@Simmons is an online Master of Social Work degree program offered by the School of Social Work at Simmons College. Delivered through an online learning platform, the program allows aspiring social workers across the United States to access Simmons’ acclaimed academics without the need to attend its Boston campus. (Note: SocialWork@Simmons is currently not available to students in Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico and North Carolina.) Simmons College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and its School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, ensuring that the education delivered and the degree conferred by SocialWork@Simmons are of the utmost quality and value.

Students can choose from a number of program and degree options, as well as curricular pathways to customize their educations. With multiple cohorts starting throughout the academic year, aspiring social workers can begin the program without waiting for fall or spring semesters. TheThe traditional program is available on an accelerated (four terms), full-time (six terms), or extended (eight terms) basis. Four specialized courses of study – Child and Family; Trauma and Interpersonal Violence; Mental Health and Addictions; Health and Aging – allow students to tailor the program to their professional goals, or they may design their own curriculum by opting for an individualized course of study.
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Curriculum for the 21st Century
Society will need more social workers in the near future, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts their employment will rise quicker than the average of all occupations through 2022 – and will be preparing those social workers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Simmons School of Social Work is renowned for its curriculum, which preserves through cutting-edge educational technology and innovative content design. All classes are taught by the same expert faculty who conduct the college’s on-campus MSW program. They are experienced teachers and professionals in the field of social work, researching issues such as child welfare, pediatric chronic illness and gerontology.

The curriculum is identical to the on-campus programs’, blending formal education and direct practice with social justice values and multicultural perspectives. Each week students join live, seminar-style classes instructed by Simmons professors and complete immersive coursework designed by those same professors and leading content developers. This collaboration transforms traditional lectures into multimedia lessons, which complement and inform the in-class discussions.

The Student Experience
Classes are small, with an average of only 15 students. This not only encourages insightful conversations and meaningful collaboration, but also reflects Simmons’ commitment to putting the needs of its students first, offering them a supportive, inclusive environment that nurtures academic growth and fosters professional success. There is no back row in the SocialWork@Simmons classroom – each and every student is seen, heard and expected to participate. Using dynamic learning tools and familiar social networking applications, students can easily interact with their professors, their classmates and the course material.
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Student Support
Beyond the support provided by Simmons College to all of its students, those in the program receive special attention. Admissions counselors guide interested candidates through the application process . Technical support specialists assist students with hardware and software questions. Throughout the program, academic advisors and field placement teams ensure the educational experience is seamless.

Online Learning
The online learning platform is the portal for all students. They log in to the platform to attend live classes, to complete coursework, and to connect with professors and peers.

Live, virtual classrooms are at the center of SocialWork@Simmons. All classes are taught by Simmons School of Social Work faculty, who use digital educational tools to create dynamic learning experiences. Students and professors communicate in real-time through video, share relevant multimedia, and break out into smaller groups for discussion. Every course is recorded, giving students the option of reviewing their classes at any time during the program. Additionally, students and faculty can use the virtual classroom to meet for study sessions, group projects and office hours.

Course assignments are also found on the online learning platform. These video case studies, in-depth readings and novel research findings have been prepared by Simmons professors in collaboration with content designers to engage students while immersing them in cases of real-life social work practice. All course content is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, creating an educational experience that is as flexible as it is enlightening.

Online MSW vs. On-Campus MSW
The SocialWork@Simmons admissions standards, graduation requirements and coursework mirror that of Simmons’ on-campus MSW program. Graduates of the program receive the same diplomas as other Simmons graduates and are considered full-fledged members of the college’s global alumni community.

Students of the program are Simmons students. They enjoy all of the benefits of Simmons student life, with access to campus services, and are encouraged to get involved in student organizations. Although they are not required to visit campus, students are welcome to attend their graduation ceremony with their fellow graduates on campus.

Traditional Program

Students with undergraduate degrees in any field may take the traditional standing track, which consists of 65 credits and requires 1,050 hours of field education. On the traditional track, the entire program can be completed in as little as 15 months (four terms) full time or two-and-a-half years (eight terms) part time.
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Curricular Pathways
After completing their foundation courses in subjects like Social Welfare Policy and Services, Dynamics of Racism and Oppression, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment, students have the opportunity to choose from one of five curricular pathways: Child and Family; Trauma and Interpersonal Violence; Mental Health and Addictions; Health and Aging; and Individualized Course of Study. The focus of each pathway is outlined below.

Child and Family
For students interested in careers as child and family social workers, this pathway prepares them to engage those populations. It examines
  • Child and adolescent trauma;
  • Advanced group work with diverse, vulnerable and resilient populations;
  • Narrative approaches to social work practice.
Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
For students focused on evidence-based approaches to trauma-informed care, this pathway equips graduates to understand traumatic attachment and emotional regulation. Courses include:
  • Cognitive behavioral approaches and treatment;
  • Child and adolescent trauma;
  • Attachment, neurobiology and social work practice.

Mental Health and Addictions
For students hoping to help those struggling with mental health disorders or addictions, this pathway develops skills in rapid assessment and treatment modalities. It explores:

  • Alcohol, drugs and social work practice;
  • Perspectives on severe mental illness;
  • Attachment, neurobiology and social work practice.

Health and Aging
For students aiming to practice in health-care-related settings or providing services to older adults, this pathway helps them develop an understanding of the policy contexts that shape health care delivery and the role of social work in interdisciplinary collaboration. It examines:

  • Social work practice in health care;
  • Advanced group work with diverse, vulnerable and resilient populations;
  • Cognitive behavioral approaches and treatment.

Field Education
As it is a requirement of all Master of Social Work degree programs, field education is a component of the SocialWork@Simmons curriculum. Students must complete 1,050 hours of field work.

Unlike in some other MSW programs, students are not required to find their own field placements. The program hosts a dedicated field placement team to assist them in securing appropriate field practice sites in or near their own communities. Students are matched with health services agencies based on their locations, interests, goals, curricular pathways and work experience.