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PhD Students

Grounded in direct practice and scholarly inquiry, Simmons’s Ph.D. in Social Work prepares advanced clinical scholars for tenure-track and contract faculty careers in higher education, agency administration, research, and consultation. Offered since 1983, our highly regarded doctoral program furthers the school’s commitment to advance the social work profession’s commitment to improve interdisciplinary health and human service delivery systems, and to promote social justice in a multicultural world. The Simmons Ph.D. in Social Work prepares select MSW level practitioners for career advancement as practice scholars by providing rigorous training in research methodologies that provide evidence for practice and related policy. For a complete overview of the program please see the program handbook below.

Kristie Thomas, Ph.D.
Director, PhD Program in Social Work
School of Social Work
Simmons University
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
[email protected]


Registration occurs three times a year for matriculated students:

  • November for spring semester
  • April for fall semester-continuing students
  • June for fall semester-new students

Registration information is posted here prior to registration and sent via email to students. It contains important information such as course descriptions, class schedules, and prerequisite requirements. Students are expected to stay informed about course requirements and registration deadlines.

All registration is done on Workday, the Simmons University online registration system.

For technical issues, please contact the Service Desk (617-521-2222).

For questions regarding Workday registration error codes and registration issues, please contact the Registrar’s Office (617-521-2111 or [email protected]).