Boston University Announces Online Master of Social Work Degree

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April 27th, 2011

The Boston University School of Social Work is pleased to announce a new online Master of Social Work (MSW) program in Clinical Social Work Practice. Taught by the School’s nationally recognized faculty, the online program will initially enroll human service professionals with a minimum of two years of supervised experience.

This part-time program can be completed in eight consecutive semesters and consists of taking courses online, participating in a single, extended field internship within the student’s geographic area, and attending a one-time, four-day residency component on the Boston University campus.

“This program is an excellent addition to the fine programs we offer at the School of Social Work,” Boston University School of Social Work Dean Gail Steketee said. “It continues the School’s commitment to educate outstanding social work practitioners in the community and for the community.”

The program focuses on clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups, with an integrated curriculum that emphasizes ethical practice, and social and economic justice. Courses are delivered with both asynchronous and synchronous (real-time) components, with each course lasting seven weeks. The 65-credit program allows individuals to earn an MSW degree while continuing to live and work in their own communities.

Tracing its beginnings back to 1937, the School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is ranked among the top 15 percent of graduate social work schools by U.S. News & World Report. Part of Boston University, the School is committed to producing social workers who possess excellent skills and the ability to practice within a variety of contexts, from clinical counseling to community-based settings.

Since 2001, Boston University has pioneered a trusted model of distance learning unparalleled in American higher education. Designed by the University’s Distance Education office in close partnership with distinguished University faculty, BU’s online programs bring the University’s groundbreaking research, academic innovation, and internationally renowned faculty to students situated around the globe.

Currently, more than 3,000 BU students tap into their full learning potential from a distance, using the latest interactive technology and online learning tools. A recipient of the Sloan Consortium’s Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, Boston University’s online programs include 26 graduate-level degrees and certificates, three doctoral degrees, and a bachelor’s degree completion program. A number of non-credit certificates are also available.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

For more information on the School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work, visit onlinemsw.bu.edu or speak to an admissions advisor at 877-308-9945.