The Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. in social work provides master practitioners with rigorous research training and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with world-class research centers. Graduates are positioned for advanced careers in academia, healthcare and human service agencies, and other fields. The Program prepares scholar-practitioners to develop new knowledge, engage in applied research, and advance social justice and the field of social work.

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Admission Requirements

Please submit a completed application file that includes the following:

  • completed application form
  • nonrefundable application fee
  • official transcripts of all past or current academic work
  • current resume
  • three letters of professional or academic recommendation
  • personal statement of career goals and how the program supports them
  • TOEFL scores, if English is not the first language
  • GRE Test scores within the past 12 months
  • interview with a member of the Doctoral Committee
  • Written case presentation

Application Deadline

February 1, 2015

The application must be completed on-line. Other application materials can be mailed to:

Admission Office
Simmons School of Social Work
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

International Students

Simmons welcomes applications from international students. In recent years, the school has enrolled students from countries including Korea, Uganda, Kenya, Italy, Canada, China, and Japan. Students for whom English is not the first language are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that demonstrates satisfactory proficiency. A minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computerized test, or 105 on the Internet-based test is required. Simmons must receive test scores directly from ETS.

TOEFL Institution Code=3761 TOEFL Department Code=95

International students also must submit a Certificate of Finances Form that demonstrates proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses while enrolled at Simmons. The school cannot issue an I-20 until we have received the required statement. Please arrange with your bank, sponsor, or government to complete our Certificate of Finances Form, which is available online or by request.

We regret that we are not able to provide financial assistance or teaching assistantships to international students.

Visa requirements dictate that international students on an F-1 student status complete their course of graduate study within a two-year period. Students should plan to use summer sessions to take courses in order to remain in compliance.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Effective September 1, 1989, all full-time and three-fourths time students enrolled in a Massachusetts institution of higher education are required to be covered by health insurance for the 12 months following September 1, or from the date of enrollment, if after September 1, until August 31 of each year enrolled. The insurance coverage must meet minimum requirements as defined by the state as Qualifying Student Health Insurance Plan (QSHIP). All colleges offer insurance that students must purchase unless they waive participation by demonstrating that they have comparable coverage.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Simmons College does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, ancestry, genetic information, or veteran status in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities in accordance with state and federal law, including but not limited to, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Code of Federal Regulations Parts 100, 104, 106, and 110. The College's Office of Human Resources, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02115 (telephone: 617-521-2084) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College's nondiscrimination policies concerning employment. All other inquiries should be directed to the Office of the President, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02115 (617-521-2073). Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20202.

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Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions:

Simmons School of Social Work
Office of Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5898