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School for Social Work

Northampton, MA


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Smith College's School for Social Work Offers Master's Program with Specialization in Clinical Work

The Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts, is nationally recognized for its dedication to and specialization in clinical social work, a focus on working with individuals, families, and groups in a clinical setting. This specialization includes a mastery of clinical theory and practice, as well as an understanding of the sociocultural, social service, and policy contexts of practice. The Master of Social Work program at Smith encourages critical thinking and self-reflection as students consider the areas of human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, research, and social policy. Built on a foundation of knowledge and skills that are central to the social work profession, the MSW program includes content on the history and current status of social work and social welfare, an introduction to the major practice methods, an introduction to research, and a presentation of the major psychological and social theories that form the knowledge base of the profession. The clinical specialization is supported by advanced courses in personality theory, practice, and trauma, and an opportunity to examine policy and service delivery in the field, which provides a context for clinical practice and internships in Northampton, Massachusetts, and beyond.

Social Justice and Diversity Emphasized in School of Social Work Curriculum

Issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and oppression are intricately woven throughout the School for Social Work's MSW curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes the promotion of social justice, service to society, and a greater appreciation of individual and cultural diversity in today's multicultural community. Smith College's MSW program recognizes the consequences of racism and works to identify and overcome the overt and covert aspects of racism.

MSW Program at Smith College's School for Social Work is Uniquely Structured

The unique structure of this School for Social Work program allows for coursework on campus from June through August with field internships across the country and Canada from September through May. The full Master of Social Work program is a 27-month program, while the Advanced Standing program for BSW graduates is completed in 15 months. The Smith College School for Social Work also offers a Ph.D. in social work.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Clinical social work
Master of Social Work (MSW) Clinical social work

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 101
Doctoral Degrees 6
Other Advanced Degrees 107

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam MAT
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 21st February 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam MAT

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 8.62%
Black or African American 8%
White or Caucasian 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.92%
Asian 6.46%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2.15%
Unknown 8.31%


Male (14%)
Female (85%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 36
Part-time - 223
Male (55)
Female (204)


Focus of faculty research: Social work practice, social work research, prevention and intervention for communities experiencing trauma, human behavior in the social environment, increasing resilient contexts
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address Lilly Hall
Northampton, MA  01063
United States
Contact Dr. Marianne Yoshioka
Phone: 413-585-7977