Doctorate Online

Social Work

Simmons University

48 months
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Simmons University offers an online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) — MSW required; no GRE required. The program prepares you to become a well-rounded scholar-practitioner through a curriculum focused on three key areas: inclusive leadership, advanced clinical practice, and teaching and education. Apply now.

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Earn your Doctorate in Social Work online at Simmons University  — an MSW is required to apply; GRE scores are not required. Simmons School of Social Work is the oldest school of clinical social work in the nation and has offered online graduate social work education since 2014.

As a student, prepare to become a visionary leader, practice with evidence-informed and inclusive models, and teach the next generation of social workers. Learn more today.

Value props and prereqs

  • Complete in less than two years full time or less than three years part time
  • MSW required; two years post-MSW work experience preferred
  • No GRE scores required
  • Curriculum infused with anti-racism and covering inclusive leadership, advanced clinical practice, and teaching 
  • Prepares students for diverse career paths as scholar-practitioners
  • Simmons School of Social Work is the nation’s first school of clinical social work and has been delivering dynamic online graduate social work programs since 2014
  • Social justice-focused DSW

Programme Structure

All students are required to take the following courses:
  • Quantitative Scientific Methods  
  • Intervention Research
  • Survey Research Methods
  • Qualitative Scientific Methods
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Social and Behavioral Theory

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited institution
  • a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher in their MSW coursework
  • three (3) years of relevant practice experience following the completion of their MSW 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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