3+1 = a mission to make a difference

Ever since Simmons became the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers in 1904, we've led the way in pioneering social work education. The 3+1 Program continues this tradition by offering an intensive yet rewarding opportunity for students who are motivated to complete their Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and Master of Social Work (M.S.W) in four years.

As a 3+1 student, you'll benefit from all the advantages that our nationally regarded School of Social Work (SSW) has to offer: acclaimed faculty, alumni who are leaders in the field, and an ideal Boston location in the Fenway and Longwood Medical Area.

Combining stimulating coursework with over 500 hours of field learning, our new B.S.W. Program delivers a solid foundation for practice. Advancing to the M.S.W., you'll develop a specialization in clinical theory and practice, gaining immersive hands-on training through our renowned field education program. The SSW works with more than 300 exciting internship sites, ranging from schools and hospitals to government agencies and private organizations.

You'll head into the field prepared to practice - ready to take on urgent social issues and improve the lives of the people affected by them.

"The 3+1 Program offers the same rigorous experience as all our programs at the School of Social Work. Our goals for 3+1 students are that they receive a high-quality education that they're very proud of, that they feel well prepared and confident, that they know how to practice in an ethical manner, and that they get the job they want."

- Assistant Professor Denise Hildreth, M.S.W., Coordinator of the 3+1 Program at the Simmons School of Social Work

Who should apply?

The 3+1 Social Work Program is designed for highly motivated students who want to pursue a career in clinical social work. This Program is generally appropriate for new college students or for students with a limited number of transfer credits (15 or fewer). Current Simmons Freshmen may also apply to the 3+1 Program at the end of their first year (Spring).

What are my job prospects?

Very strong. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, social work employment is expected to increase through 2018. The aging baby boomer generation is driving the demand for gerontology social workers. Likewise, the need for social workers specializing in substance abuse and medical and public health is predicted to rise.

What are my career options?

An M.S.W. is an incredibly versatile degree that qualifies you for a wide variety of challenging and fulfilling clinical roles. Some possibilities include:

How does the curriculum work?

In keeping with accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Social Work Education and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, students enrolled in the 3+1 BSW/MSW Program complete all of the same undergraduate and graduate course and field requirements of our traditional programs, but at an accelerated pace. Students choosing to pursue the 3+1 path will complete their undergraduate work in three years by taking five courses rather than four during some semesters and by completing four courses and the 100-hour field placement during the summer between their second and third years. Students in the 3+1 program may then apply for advanced standing at the MSW level at the end of three years. Provided they meet all requirements of the program, these students are eligible to earn their MSW in one additional year (3 semesters), allowing them to begin working and earning earlier.

Course Requirements

College Core Curriculum (20 credits)

Modes of Inquiry Courses (24 credits)

Pre-Requisite to Social Work Major (4 credits)

Required BSW Courses (60 credits)

MSW Advanced Standing Requirements (3 semesters)

Here's an example of how it will flow from start to finish:

Year 1
Fall Term - FYS 101, FYS 102 & 3 additional courses Spring Term - 4 courses
FYS 101 - College Seminar FYS 103 - College Writing II
FYS 102 - College Writing I SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology
SW 101 - Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare SW 200 Social Welfare Policy
Foreign Language Foreign Language, Mode or Elective
MATH Requirement, Mode or Elective
Year 2
Fall Term - 5 courses Spring Term - 5 courses
BIO 102 OR 113 Mode IV: Biology of Human Development OR General Biology ECON 101 - Mode V: Macroeconomics
SOCI 249 - Inequality: Race, Class and Gender MATH 118 - Mode III: Introductory Statistics
SOCI 239 - Introduction to Social Research Foreign Language
Foreign Language Mode
Mode or Elective Elective or any foundational courses not yet complete
Summer I Summer II
SW 251 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I SW 252 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SW 351 - Social Work Practice I SW 352 - Social Work Practice II: includes 100 hour field placement
Year 3
Fall Term - 4 courses Spring Term - 4 courses
SW 353 - Social Work Practice III SW 354 - Social Work Practice IV
SW 370 - Social Work Field Placement and Seminar I: integrative seminar & fall sr fld placemt SW 371 - Social Work Field Placement and Seminar II: integrative seminar & spring senior field placement
Elective SW 390 - Senior Seminar (also satisfies one College ILR requirement)
Any foundational courses not yet complete Any foundational courses not yet complete
Year 4
Fall Term Spring Term
SW 596 - Field Education SW 447 - Field Education
SW 424 - Advanced Clinical Practice SW 402 - Technology Comps
SW 569 - Advanced Standing Seminar SW 414 - Assessment and Diagnosis
SW 509 - Evaluation in Social Work Practice Social Action Elective
Summer I Summer II
SW 447 - Field Education Clinical Practice Elective
Clinical Practice Elective Open Elective

Who will advise me?

Assistant Professor and B.S.W. Program Director Denise Hildreth, M.S.W., LICSW, and Associate Professor of Practice and Field Education Director Allyson Livingstone, M.S.W., LICSW, will oversee the 3+1 Social Work Program.

Close mentorship is vital for 3+1 success. You'll work one on one with your advisor throughout the program to ensure your progress and meet your personal and professional goals.

To find out more about the program, contact Professor Hildreth at denise.hildreth@simmons.edu.