The full-time Charles River Campus MSW program at Boston University School of Social Work offers a dynamic, hands-on learning experience, nestled in the heart of vibrant Boston—a leading city for education, healthcare, and nonprofits. During two years of study on campus, our students complete a multi-method curriculum guided by faculty experts and dedicated practitioners that prepares each student for success in a range of social work careers. After selecting a major, students may choose from five specialization areas or opt to pursue one of three dual degree options.
All full-time Charles River Campus students take courses including Communities & Organization, Introduction to Social Work Clinical Practice, Human Behavior, Social Welfare Policy, and Research. In addition, our students take advanced Clinical or Macro Practice courses that correspond to their major during advanced placement.
Visit the BU Bulletin for more detailed information on courses and requirements.
Foundation Year Program
For full-time students, a foundation year typically comprises 27 semester credits in coursework and 6 in field education.
During your second year, an advanced-year program includes 24 semester credits in coursework and 8 in the field.
Part-time students on our Charles River Campus (Boston) fulfill the degree requirements in either three years (with summers) or four years (without summers). Students take two to three courses per semester.
The first year of study consists of academic coursework only. (Most foundation courses offer a class section scheduled in the evening time blocks). In subsequent years, two field placements are required in conjunction with the academic course curriculum. During fall and spring semesters, students must have time available during the regular workweek for both coursework and a field internship. Students must be available (during regular weekday hours) for 16 hours a week for their first field placement and 24 hours a week for their second placement. For their second placement, students may choose the option in some field settings of a 16-hour/week placement for a full year.
If there is sufficient interest (this fluctuates from year to year), our part-time students who have had previous social work experience and for whom the plan is considered educationally sound, may meet the requirements of the first field experience in a summer block placement after their first year.
The Advanced Standing program option is also available on the Charles River Campus.