Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

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. Our aim is to educate professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, diverse, and multicultural society. Graduates will possess the knowledge and the skills to address the needs and potentials of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. BUSSW 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 with majors in Clinical Social Work Practice and Macro Social Work Practice offers three options toward completion of the MSW degree. The eligibility to pursue a specific track is dependent on previous academic and human services experience.

  • Traditional MSW Track (TT): This track consists of 65 credits, which can be completed in three years over the course of nine semesters (fall, spring, and summer). Students take foundation and advanced courses online, attend live classroom sessions held Sunday or Monday nights, and complete two field internships.
  • Human Service Experience Track (HSE): Applicants who have a minimum of two years of supervised human services experience may be considered for the HSE track. The program consists of 65 credits, which can be completed in three years over the course of nine semesters (fall, spring, and summer). Students take foundation and advanced courses online, attend live classroom sessions held Sunday or Monday nights, and complete a single 1,000-hour field internship.
  • Advanced Standing Track (AS)This option is open to applicants with an undergraduate social work degree from a program accredited by CSWE. Students accepted into the advanced standing track are able to put 22–25 credit hours of previous coursework towards their MSW degree. The remaining 40–43 credits in the program must be taken at BUSSW or as part of a BUSSW-approved course of study. Students enroll in an advanced 1,000-hour field internship. Applications for the online MSW Advanced Standing Program are only accepted for September admission.

Students fulfill all requirements by taking courses online and completing the field internship(s) within, or near, their geographical location.

Awards & Accreditations

  • #12, Best Grad Schools Social Work Rankings, U.S. News & World Report 2016
  • Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education
  • U.S. Distance Learning Association Award for 21st Century Best Practices
  • BU’s School of Social Work is winner of the USDLA Platinum Award in Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming, 2014
  • Boston University School of Social Work’s programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Why Choose BU’s Master of Social Work?

  • Major in Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice
  • 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

Cost*

Cost per Credit (Fall ’16 – Summer ’17)

$750 per Credit

Cost of a Typical Course

$2,250 (3 credits)

Technology Fee

$60 per Credit

Student Services Fee

$60 per Semester

*See Tuition & Fees page for next year’s tuition rates.

 

Curriculum

Students take the required and elective courses online, attend live classroom sessions held Sunday or Monday nights, and complete one or two field internships (depending upon relevant work experience) within or near their geographic area. Courses are taught by Boston University faculty members who remain committed to providing leadership and mentorship, allowing students throughout the United States access to their vast research experience and expertise in current and emerging social work practice.

Learn more about course requirements for this program from BU’s School of Social Work.

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). Advanced Standing candidates must have earned an undergraduate degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within six years of entry into the program. Other applicants are eligible to apply for the Traditional Program track. Learn more about Admissions for this program from BU’s School of Social Work.

Applicants must have a cumulative academic average of 3.0 (B) or higher for undergraduate study. Applicants (except advanced standing) with a 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 individuals living in the USA except those from NC and US territories. At this time the Online MSW Program is not open to international applicants. State licensing requirements differ from state to state. Please be sure to research the licensing requirements for your state.

Faculty

Our faculty are active and renowned experts in their respective fields, from gerontology and substance abuse to HIV/AIDS and mental health.

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” ranked BU’s School of Social Work #12 among 217 social work graduate programs—placing it in the top 8 percent—thanks, in no small part, to our faculty.

That peer social work educators rate our program among the nation’s very best indicates the high quality of our faculty and academic programs, our mission, and our dedication to graduating excellent social workers with skill and compassion.

 

Special Program Options

  • Students may choose to major in Clinical Social Work Practice or Macro Social Work Practice.
  • There are three options to complete the program: Traditional, Human Services Experience and Advanced Standing. The eligibility is dependent on undergraduate education and previous human services experience.
  • BUSSW provides field placement support to its online students and strives to make the internship process a collaborative effort. Students who are working in the social work field may be able to complete one of their two internships at their place of employment.

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. Applications for the Online MSW Advanced Standing Program are only accepted for September admission.

For application materials or more information, contact an Admissions Representative at 1-877-308-9945 or visit onlinemsw.bu.edu.