Simmons University Reviews of Master's in Social Work

  • 24 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,818
57% of 24 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 24 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Social Work

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  • Reviewed: 2/3/2022
  • Degree: Social Work
"I'm disappointed I didn't find this website prior to starting this program. I actually transferred here from a major University primarily because I needed the online class consistency. I also work full time and have a family, so with the pandemic, going to class / not going to class and school/no school for my daughter was too complex to manage. I also have a Master's in Public Administration from a number one ranked university and am appalled by how bad the content is for this program. We are 4 weeks in and the online asynchronous work is outdated, does include a lot of ridiculous (and FREE) youtube videos, podcasts and other free content that we could find on our own. To date, I haven't had a single actual lecture and frankly find that the scope of the coursework is absurd even though I know they are following what they need to follow for certification. But NO, you should not be trying to teach biased social policy and government from youTube (that's why you go get your MPA!). The professors are very young and are very busy with their other jobs. If I was paying a reasonable amount, I could get behind this program as a means to an end. However, for two classes, i'm paying over $6000 and they charge you student fees even tho you get nothing for that fee. Their marketing team has been well trained and they definitely spend a lot of money on people to call you and help you sign up for class - it's like having a manager. But then you are dropped. I've had to email for the last month to get my scholarship money applied (they also tried to take it away from me after tricking me into signing up for November when the classes they told me to take were not even offered and then forcing me to instead start in January). I also emailed asking for a financial aid officer to call me about option for the public service loans that are repaid and that was a week ago. I still haven't heard back. The other thing I would strongly caution is that they promise "tons of classes and class times." this is not true. many of the classes are late at night, which is just not conducive to my life. For each class this semester, only one was offered during the hours when my daughter was a school. When I told my "manager" that I could only find one time slot for each class that worked and he cautioned there would be times where I didn't have a choice. Frankly, I think this program is probably a huge racket. In order to pay for school, I do have to work and I do have an obligation to my family. But not surprisingly, neither social work program I was in gave two sh**s about that. So basically they rail on systemic failings of our social welfare systems but opt out of the role they play. And, to date, I haven't learned anything I haven't learned in my prior stats and policy classes. It feels like a HUGE waste of money."
  • Reviewed: 4/20/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
"I did learn a lot, and I liked that it was very clinical. But many of the online courses are the same, covering much of the same material. Some professors are good (and many are women of color, which is great!), others seem disinterested and don't respond to email. That said, it is offensive that the program costs tens of thousands of dollars (for an online program that is largely video-based), and requires you to complete multiple UNPAID internships in addition to coursework. The workload is intense, leaving little time for daily responsibilities, never mind down time. If you're single, good luck. If you have a family, your family will be under some serious strain that they might not be prepared for. Which is bitterly ironic, given that the goal of social work is to improve people's mental health and well-being."
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
"Please, please believe the bad reviews!! I think the good ones are fake! I’ve had nothing but bad experiences at this school, from teachers who don’t respond to emails or texts, to bully classmates. The online program is NOT taught by teachers from the actual school, and a lot of the asynchronous homework involves watching cheap, boring YouTube videos. It’s a bait and switch program only designed to make money for the actual Simmons campus. They will tell you lies to get you into the school but only do it if it’s your last hope. I was told it’s a great program for moms but during the pandemic Simmons was NOT understanding about the fact that many of us were at home with our kids and had no choice about it. Awful, condescending staff run the school for the most part as well. Please think twice before attending this school. I owe thousands of dollars and completely regret going to Simmons."
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2020
  • Degree: Social Work
"I feel pulled to leave a review to hopefully provide a more dynamic view of this school. I am enrolled in the online MSW program. I have had such a wonderful experience and will be graduating soon. I want to validate some of the experiences noted in other reviews, and at the same time remind those reading that often folks who had bad experiences leave reviews and there are thousands of good experiences not mentioned. The admission process was so welcoming and warming, Simmons has a ton of departments each step of the way provided to ensure each student feels supported. I have an advisor AND a student success specialist I talk with every few weeks to make sure I am doing well. My classes are SO interesting and I've loved each professor. The courses place a strong emphasis on social justice and systems of privilege and oppression. I've had professors who own private practices, and others that do macro work advocating for policy change. My internship has been an extremely enriching educational opportunity. I know tens of people who have graduated from this program and are now successful LICSW or LCSW. Having classmates all over the US provides a rich and dynamic perspective. The only downside I have noticed so far is at times the courses are offered are at annoying times for me. This is small potatoes."
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
"I have recently started my program at simmons in social work. Thus far it is an expectional program the proffessors are competent and the material is very engaging and prepares you to work in the social work field. This program is perfect for people who want to work in a therapeutic setting it is a clinical focused program so it is about the micro level of social work. So if you want to be a macro level social worker its probably not the best fit. My only compliant is that some professsors will take a whole semster to grade one assignment and it can be nerv racking that you have no clue what your grade in the class is until the end."
Disheartened and upset
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"I am completely dissatisfied with this social work program. I went to this school with such high hopes and it is so incredibly disorganized. The classes listed on their website are actually not the classes that you take, and are even assigned to the wrong year. Everyone seems aloof. I literally have no idea what classes I am taking next semester. One of my professors is a self-centered jerk who does not listen to or support his students. The funniest thing is that he doesn't even teach! I came to this school to learn and my professor claims he is "so busy" and has the students teach the course. Is that legal? I want my money back. There are so many other schools of social work that pay you to go because they actually care. This is definitely a third-tier fallback school. Who and what is Simmons? I am disgusted. If you are going to a social work school in Boston or MA, there is a significant reason why there are at least 3 schools that are rated way higher than this one. What a joke."
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"STAY AWAY!!! I am from Midwest so did online program. The school seemed nice and admissions was good; but their online process was a complete joke! The instructors are inconsistent, lazy/incompetent at placements (I really had to do it) and the demands made working during the program very exhausting (had to go down to part time work). Should have seen the other reviews here first Before applying- big regret!! Dont waste your time and money."
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I did all my research before applying to this program. Even though it was very expensive, I was impressed with the classes. I had a horrible experience. I didn't continue after one semester and lost thousands of dollars. I'm not going to bash the school but here are some concerns; lack of support, inconsistencies among professors, some of the asynchronous lectures are horrible, the live classes are taken over by a few students who monopolize the class, (I felt invisible most of the time), if you have been out of school for a while take a writing course, there are a lot of writing assignments and no help, and if you work full time and have a family, this is a very demanding program with little guidance. I hope this helps in your decision;"
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I have had my ups and downs with this school. Out of the 2 placements I had to do one was great and one did not feel like a good fit. I do feel that they try and place people to place them instead of looking into what would be a good fit. That being said I did enjoy the classes and it fit my lifestyle. I was able to get married, have a baby and enjoy my life while in this program. It is hard work but worth it."
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"This entire program is a joke. You pay absurd amounts of money for unqualified instructors and video tutorials. I am in debt now for about 42k and have no degree thanks to Simmons not following their own field placement policies. I had to quit my job for field placement. Also wasn't aware that you can't transfer more than maybe 6-10 credits to a new program so you basically paid for nothing. Its a business through and through. Could you imagine if a retail business or airline pulled that? Half my instructors were brand new to teaching and to the mental health field and couldn't answer simple clinical based questions (esp regarding diagnosis and harm reduction models). More than a handful have had the bare minimum required client face time and I was told "what does the book say?" more than once when asking questions. The dean of the online MSW is on an ego trip and unless you kiss * * * you will be dismissed. After 20 years in this field I am not kissing up to anyone, so here I am with a 3.8 gpa and a dismissal on my record. Good luck."
wtf school is this
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"This "college" is an utter disgrace to the Boston community. Boston, you have such a good reputation (school wise), but Simmons indeed destroys it. The administration is unorganized and acts as bullies towards students. They will manipulate situations to make you feel as if you were at fault when in reality it is their own. They are also incredibly lazy when it comes to field placements. They do not care where they place you, nor if you are a good match. If you apply, you will get in. This school is only here to suck the money out of your bank account. Not to mention, they are incredibly cruel and have given me plenty of panic attacks, along with a stress fracture in my hip due to my shaking from the anxiety. I would honestly take them to court and sue them, but I feel that this is the best way to prevent anyone from attending the university. Hey, Simmons, you claim to be so anti-racist and so anti-fascist, but you know what? You fit the bill. You are a complete disgrace to the caring, intellectual universities in this city. Also, if you enjoy Tumblr and all the radical liberals who believe they are wolves, angels, etc. you should attend. They do not facilitate an education; they promote a bubble of ignorance and shame. Oh yeah, and an angry, anxious environment. Sounds healthy, right? Don't attend. If you speak out, Simmons will tell you that you have a learning disability. Yes, in the social work school. I had straight A's. What a joke."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"College is a place to grow your independence in many ways. It's often the first time people are living away from their parents/guardians, more financially dependent on themselves, and are hopefully being taught how to be independent critical thinkers. I believe that it is not the right fit for everyone."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Simmons is a great small college in a big city and you can pretty much walk anywhere. Small class sizes and easily accessible professors were a big plus"
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Being at Simmons has been great, but there is more that the university could do to help graduate students adjust to campus and feel more apart of the Simmons community. Sometimes students do not feel connect to school and that it is difficult to build relationships with their classmates."
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"This was the worse school's ever please stay away. The field placement team sucks and do not even follow the school's policies. I hate this school so much. The instructors are mediocre and there to make money. Please do yourself a big favor and attend a different program."
Sarah B.
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Simmons School of Social Work is a rigorous, well renowned social work program with over 100 years of history at an historically all-women's college. It is a beautiful little campus in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, nestled among several other small colleges. The setting is intimate and personal, and it is easy to develop relationships with professors and advisors quickly. The faculty at the School of Social work are warm, and supportive, and there are many resources and services available to graduate students to encourage success-- for example there is a research librarian dedicated solely to social work!"
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Excellent school with great field placement experiences."
Justin Spears
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"The faculty is distinguished in their careers, extremely knowledgeable in a range of clinical and research areas related to social work, and offers great professional connections for graduate students in the Social Work school."
Vivian Ho
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"With it being a small school, there are dedicated faculty who are willing to work towards your success. The student to teacher ratio is ideal for a graduate program. The surrounding Greater Boston area is the perfect backdrop for internship opportunities and learning about the culture and society of the world. The cons of the program are the workload and scheduling with required internships to gain clinical hours."
Mariel Adams
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2013
  • Degree: Social Work
"I love the Simmons College vibe. It's in a great metropolitan area surrounded by colleges and professional buildings and hospitals. I feel involved in the Boston Community and able apply what I'm learning in school to what I'm doing in the real world. The network opportunities and professors with experience offer an education worth the high cost of attendance; and because they offer part-time programs, I can work in a field related job while attending school."