Academic Programs

For 100 years, we've led the way in social work education. The SSW faculty are accomplished, devoted leaders. They're experienced clinicians, researchers, and scholars who love to teach and who draw on rich practice and research experience to illuminate classroom lessons.

Dawn Belkin-Martinez, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dear Prospective Student

Dean Stephan KrugOur School of Social Work is distinguished by its emphasis on preparation for clinical practice, by its high educational standards, and by a school culture that values and is shaped by its diversity. We are proud of our 100-year history of leadership in social work education and our role in shaping the social work profession.

Simmons is still leading the way today. We have on our faculty a Fulbright Scholar, two Hartford Scholars, two past presidents of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), one past national NASW president, and the current president of the International Federation of Social Workers.

Masters in Social Work

Our innovative M.S.W. Program includes a social action requirement, an Urban Leadership certificate option, and clinical field education placements in nearly 300 varied social service settings. We provide opportunities for students to focus their studies in one of four areas of clinical specialization.

Bachelor in Social Work

Our new B.S.W. Program is designed to prepare social workers for generalist practice and to provide a strong foundation for social work career advancement. Students have the option of pursuing a traditional major, or an intensive yet rewarding 3+1 Program for motivated students who wish to complete both their BSW and MSW in only four years.

PhD in Social Work

Our Doctoral Program prepares experienced social workers for careers in research and higher education. Most importantly, Simmons attracts people who want to work directly with individuals, families, and communities and who understand that the profession's commitment to social justice often requires practitioners to have a high level of social activism and civic engagement.

Effecting Change and Improving Lives

Daily, our students, faculty, and alumni work to effect social change and improve lives. We will encourage and challenge you to do the same.

I invite you to consider Simmons for your social work education.

We are confident that you will feel supported and inspired by our vibrant academic community and will leave us well-prepared to engage in professional social work practice.

Stephan Krug, , M.S.W., Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S.W., Simmons College School of Social Work
Ph.D., Simmons College School of Social Work