Since 1937, we’ve given social workers the skills and knowledge they need to bring positive outcomes to a variety of contexts—from clinical counseling to community-based and macro-level settings. Today, we’re a dynamic, urban-based graduate school, offering MSW and PhD degrees as well as continuing professional education.

An Urban Mission

We’re committed to education that furthers social and economic justice in the urban environment. Our programs and activities fully incorporate this mission, particularly connected to the empowerment of all oppressed groups. In and out of the classroom, you’ll find emphasis on the engagement of personal and community strengths—fundamental to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of individual and social problems.

Areas of Expertise

We recognize our profession’s ever-changing demands and are dedicated to the highest quality of teaching, scholarship, and political action. At BUSSW, you’ll find exciting opportunities to gain knowledge and apply skills in many current and emerging areas of social work, and you’ll study with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions at the forefront of practice, research, and training, with diverse populations in such areas as:

  • Aging and Gerontology
  • Disability
  • Substance abuse
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Mental health
  • Public health
  • Trauma
  • Refugees and immigrants
  • Suicide prevention
  • Communities, organizations, and development
  • HIV and AIDS


All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report MSW student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. Please click here to view MSW student learning outcomes.