The Place For

Changemakers
Activists
Innovators
Leaders
Scholars

Since 1918, BU School of Social Work has offered dynamic and challenging graduate programs. We are the home for individuals committed to meeting critical social needs and driving social change.

Top 5%

ranked #12 by U.S. News & World Report out of 236 graduate social work schools (2016)

2

nationally recognized research centers

95%

pass rate for clinical social work licensing exam

4.6M

dollars in total research awards (FY16)

TRANSFORMATIVE SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

Committed to curriculum innovation and excellence in preparing social justice leaders, BU School of Social Work offers both the MSW and PhD programs.

Innovative Research

With two nationally recognized research centers, BU School of Social Work experts and scholars are leading cutting-edge research in social work and social justice.

Explore SSW

Earn your MSW or PhD, choose from five areas of specialization, and hone specific skills through three dual degree options. Get to know BU School of Social Work, explore our programs, and learn more about the admissions process.

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    ERIKA GAITAN ('15)

    I enjoy working with kids and getting them to be civically engaged and to think more critically about the world around them.

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    MARYLOU SUDDERS ('78), MA SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    What I've always said to students about social work is it opens any door that you want to run through. There is no greater education than a social work education.

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    DOUGLAS BROOKS ('99), FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL AIDS POLICY

    There is no doubt that the BU School of Social Work experience has been vital in the work I've undertaken and has helped me land where I am today.

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