Earn a Social Work Degree Online

Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate Programs

The nation’s first school of clinical social work, Simmons School of Social Work was founded with a commitment to social justice in 1904 through a joint venture with Harvard University. Today, we offer a full portfolio of social work degrees that enable students to join our community at any point in their social work journey, from anywhere in the country.

Programs marked with an asterisk (*) have an on-campus equivalent.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)*

Prepare for a lifetime of community leadership and advocacy.

  • Women-centered program designed for transfer students and adult learners
  • Up to 96 transfer credits accepted and credits for life experience available
  • 89% of Simmons undergrads are employed within six months of graduation¹

Master of Social Work (MSW)*

Prepare for direct clinical practice with diverse populations.

  • Coeducational
  • CSWE-accredited
  • Multiple program tracks offered to fit students’ lifestyles and goals
  • Certificate options and curricular areas of focus available
  • GRE scores not required

Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)

Become an inclusive, visionary leader in various areas of social work.

  • Coeducational
  • Comprehensive curriculum explores leadership, advanced clinical practice, and teaching
  • Competency-based program
  • Capstone project enables students to chart their own career paths
  • GRE scores not required

To learn more and connect with an admission counselor, indicate your program of choice on our form.

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Leading Online Social Work Education Since 2014

Simmons has prepared more than 1,400 passionate online students for fulfilling social work careers. With our full portfolio of online programs, students can advance from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level within our tight-knit community. Our years of experience have enabled us to translate our excellence in on-campus education to the online classroom. We continuously work to expand our technological capabilities, improve the student experience, and welcome even more students into our Boston-based community no matter where they live in the country.

All our online social work offerings feature:

Face-to-face online classes

Access to a user-friendly digital campus

Interactive coursework

Increasing Educational Access Since 1899

For more than a century, Simmons has broken down barriers to offer transformative learning experiences. We were founded in 1899 with the revolutionary mission to prepare women to earn independent livelihoods and lead meaningful lives. Our School of Social Work remains dedicated to continuous innovation that further increases educational access for all people. This historic commitment to social justice informs our social work curricula at all degree levels.

Community-Driven Experience

Close-knit community is at the heart of a Simmons education — and online programs are no exception. On top of rigorous academics, aspiring and experienced social workers can form meaningful bonds through student groups. Our faculty also serve as mentors who offer relevant insight into social work practice. This strong support system ensures Simmons’ online students are never alone in their social work journeys.

Join Simmons’ Inspiring Social Work Community Today

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We also offer on-campus BSW, MSW, and PhD programs.

Learn more on our website.

¹ This data is self-reported by the Simmons University Baccalaureate Class of 2020 in the annual Simmons First Destinations Survey, with a response rate of 56%.