Earn Your Doctorate of Social Work Online

From the Nation’s First School of Clinical Social Work

Simmons University’s clinical social work legacy now continues through the online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program. Founded in 1904, Simmons School of Social Work has continued to innovate with high-quality online programs built specifically for online learners in the social work field since 2014.

As a DSW student, you will learn from expert faculty-practitioners and gain skills for advancing the field through leadership, clinical practice, and teaching. You’ll graduate with the highest level of training in your field and the ability to make positive change as a visionary leader no matter your career path.

Earn in as Few as 23 Months
GRE Scores
Not Required
Full- and Part-Time Options

Three Focus Areas. Many Career Possibilities.

The Simmons DSW enables you to pursue diverse clinical social work careers by preparing you in three distinct curricular areas.


Gain an advanced understanding of the leadership theory and skills needed to promote inclusion, implement antiracist practices, and improve client systems.

Clinical Practice

Apply doctoral-level knowledge, research, and emerging approaches to socially just practice with diverse clients in the field.


Prepare to teach and train aspiring and less-experienced social workers with advanced learning theory from a learner-centric perspective.


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Upon graduation, you can use your advanced knowledge to:

  • Innovate systems and act as a role model for transformational, antiracist practice
  • Grow your own clinically enhanced private social work practice
  • Drive organizations forward through visionary and inclusive leadership
  • Begin or build a career in academia
  • Build a practice as an expert consultant

Created for Social Workers, by Social Workers

Our faculty dedicate themselves to research, teaching, and real-world practice. As leading scholar-practitioners, they know that advanced clinical social workers need a similarly wide range of training to succeed. Our faculty built the DSW curriculum based on their expertise and share their knowledge with students.

The program culminates in a capstone project that allows you to apply what you’ve learned and challenge perspectives to address real-world social issues. Through the capstone experience, you will have the opportunity to explore a particular social work issue while developing your identity and area of expertise as an advanced scholar-practitioner. You will also receive ongoing guidance, feedback, and mentoring from faculty as you develop your project.

Take the Next Step Toward Your Advanced Clinical Social Work Career

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