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Master of Social Work Boston University School of Social Work


USDLA Platinum Award 2014

BUís School of Social Work is winner
of the USDLA Platinum Award in Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming.

Boston University’s School of Social Work (SSW) is committed to education that furthers social and economic justice, and incorporates these ideals into its programs and activities. The School is especially concerned with empowerment of all oppressed groups. Our aim is to educate professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, diverse, and multicultural society. They will possess the knowledge and the skills to address the needs and potentials of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. SSW recognizes the ever-changing demands of the profession, and meets them through the highest-quality teaching, scholarship, research, practice, and political action.

The School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program is designed for professionals with work and/or family responsibilities. This part-time, online program in Clinical Social Work Practice offers two tracks toward completion of the MSW degree. The eligibility to pursue a specific track is dependent on previous human services experience.

The program can be completed in eight consecutive semesters. Students fulfill all requirements by taking courses online and completing the field internship(s) within, or near, their geographical location.

Additional benefits of the online MSW degree include:

  • A convenient online learning format, enabling individuals to earn a Master of Social Work degree while continuing to live and work in their own communities
  • The flexibility to complete one or two field internships (depending upon relevant work experience) within or near one’s own community
  • A holistic, integrated curriculum that builds skills to assist diverse groups and at-risk populations, with emphasis on ethical practice and social and economic justice
  • Nationally recognized faculty who are committed scholars, researchers, and leaders in strengthening communities
  • Professional opportunities in a variety of sectors and settings
  • Lifelong learning opportunities for social workers and other human service professionals, particularly those in public and private nonprofit agencies
  • Access to faculty research, scholarship, and service that advances theory, policy, and practice in the social work profession and in the general social welfare field

The School of Social Work's programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Applicants who have a minimum of two years of supervised human services experience may apply to be considered for the Human Service with Experience track (HSE). Other applicants are eligible to apply for the Standard Program track. All applicants must have a cumulative academic average of 3.0 (B) or higher for undergraduate study is our standard requirement. Applicants whose GPA is below 3.0 will be considered for admission but must submit standardized test scores to supplement their application. The online program is available for applicants living in the USA except those from NH, MD and those residing within the Massachusetts Route 128 corridor.

Getting Started

Applications for the Online MSW Program are accepted each semester, and applicants can apply to enter the program to start in the September, January or May terms. For application materials or more information, contact an Admissions Representative at 1-877-308-9945 or visit