Simmons University Reviews - Master's in Social Work

2.38 out of 5 stars
(9 Reviews)
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,894
40% of 9 students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of 9 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Jenna - 8/16/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rachel - 4/28/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disheartened and upset - 10/29/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Kristin - 10/1/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Jennifer - 12/18/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"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;"
3.7 out of 5 stars
MK - 12/11/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
FedUp87 - 11/17/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
wtf school is this - 9/26/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
huh - 5/18/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."