Admission Overview SocialWork@Simmons

SocialWork@Simmons is a clinically focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program delivered online from Simmons School of Social Work. To apply, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Relevant work or volunteer experience is also required. If you are enrolled or have been enrolled in another CSWE-accredited MSW program, you may apply as a transfer student. Visit the application requirements page for a complete list of the items you must include, or start your application today.

If you hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program, you may be eligible for Simmons’ advanced standing program. To learn more about the requirements to apply, visit the advanced standing admission page.

Program Options

The traditional online MSW program comprises 65 credits and can be completed on an accelerated (four terms), full-time (six terms), or extended (eight terms) timeline. The advanced standing online MSW program comprises 37 credits and can be completed in 16 months. We offer multiple start dates per year, and the admission committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive an admission decision.

Advanced Standing Program

The advanced standing program allows BSW graduates to earn their MSW in as few as 16 months without completing foundational coursework. This intense program requires students to commit 20 hours per week to live classes and classwork, and an additional 24 hours per week once field placement begins. Advanced standing is designed for those who have achieved a 3.0 or higher in their BSW coursework, and who demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the field.

Upcoming Admission Deadlines

Advanced Standing Program Deadlines
Cohort Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
May 2021 Friday, March 5, 2021 Friday, March 26, 2021
September 2021 Thursday, July 1, 2021 Friday, July 23, 2021

Full-Time Program

The traditional, full-time track is best suited for those who have demonstrated strong undergraduate academic performance, and who can commit 30+ hours per week to attending live class, coursework, and field placement during the duration of the program.

Upcoming Admission Deadlines

Full-Time Program Deadlines
Cohort Early Priority Application Deadline Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
May 2021 Closed Friday, March 5, 2021 Friday, March 26, 2021
September 2021 Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Thursday, July 1, 2021 Friday, July 23, 2021

Extended Program

The extended track is designed for those who want to take their MSW at a slower pace. This option is ideal for those who may be new to the field, have commitments outside of the program requirements, or who may be returning to school after an extended time away. This option allows students to take three terms of coursework before beginning the field education training, which begins with a one-semester field education lab and concludes with a three-term agency-based (or on-site) placement.

Upcoming Admission Deadlines

Extended Program Deadlines
Cohort Early Priority Application Deadline Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
May 2021 Closed Friday, March 5, 2021 Friday, March 26, 2021
September 2021 Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Thursday, July 1, 2021 Friday, July 23, 2021

Accelerated Program

The accelerated MSW program is an ideal fit for students with work and/or volunteer experience in social work or other related human services fields, who have also excelled academically in their undergraduate studies. Students can expect to dedicate approximately 40 hours per week, per term to live classes and coursework, in addition to 16–24 hours per week for field placement. This rigorous program allows students to earn their degree in as little as 16 months. Start dates in January, May, and September are offered for the accelerated program.

Upcoming Admission Deadlines

Accelerated Program Deadlines
Cohort Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
May 2021 Friday, March 5, 2021 Friday, March 26, 2021
September 2021 Thursday, July 1, 2021 Friday, July 23, 2021

Transfer Applicants

Upcoming Admission Deadlines

Transfer Applicants Deadlines
Cohort Final Application Deadline
September 2021 Thursday, July 1, 2021
November 2021 Friday, August 27, 2021