Admissions

For information about applying to our Online MSW Program, please visit our Online MSW Program website.


If you’re committed to improving the lives of others, dedicated to the social work profession, and intellectually and emotionally invested in your graduate education, we look forward to your application. Our dynamic, urban-based graduate programs offer you a multi-method focus in clinical and macro social work practice.

You’ll be assessed based on your academic training and performance, social work and related experience, and indicators—such as references and personal activities—of your commitment to the profession.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our programs and admissions process. Feel free to email us with any questions, or call 617-353-3750. As you consider applying to our programs, we hope you’ll pay us a visit on our main campus, located along the Charles River in Boston, a city rich in education, recreation, culture, and history.

The Master of Social Work features several program options, including dual degree and certificate programs, full-time, part-time, and online options, and programs offered on our campuses in Boston, Chelmsford, Fall River, and Cape Cod.

MSW Application Deadlines at a Glance

Charles River Campus (full- and part-time)
Priority deadline for admissions consideration and merit scholarships: January 15
Advanced Standing applications: January 15
International applications (full-time only): January 15
Regular deadline: March 2
Dual Degree Applications (for BU School of Education, School of Public Health, and School of Theology students)
Priority deadline for admissions consideration and merit scholarships: January 15
Regular deadline: March 2
Off Campus (Chelmsford, Fall River, and Cape Cod)
Priority deadline for admissions consideration and merit scholarships: January 15
Regular deadline: March 2
Online MSW
Summer semester entry: January 1
Fall semester entry: May 15
Spring semester entry: October 15

If you are interested in applying to the Online MSW program, please contact an admission representative as soon as possible at 877-308-9945, or visit the Online MSW Program website.



PhD

The PhD Program in Social Work at Boston University aims to prepare the next generation of social work and social welfare scholars and leaders to address the complex social challenges of the century. Building upon the School’s robust commitment to social justice and empowerment 21st of historically marginalized and vulnerable populations, the PhD program provides rigorous training in the theory, research methods, and values of the social work profession necessary to solve urgent human and societal problems. Graduates are exceptionally well-trained in multiple methods and interdisciplinary linkages to other social and behavioral sciences. Through a curriculum that encompasses research, clinical and policy practice knowledge, and preparation for excellence in teaching, the program offers a rich educational foundation for future social work leaders in the academy, as well as the practice and policy arenas.