Admissions

Please note: Applications for Chelmsford, Fall River, and Cape Cod are still being accepted. 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 3
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 3
Off Campus (Chelmsford, Fall River, and Cape Cod)
Priority deadline for admissions consideration and merit scholarships: January 15
Regular deadline: Applications for Chelmsford, Fall River, and Cape Cod are still being accepted.
Online MSW
Summer semester entry: January 1
Fall semester entry: May 15
Spring semester entry: September 1

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

Our interdisciplinary doctoral program is offered jointly with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). While you’ll spend much of your time among colleagues at SSW, application to the program must be made through GRS. We welcome applications from those with master’s degrees in social work or an allied discipline and professional experience related to social work and its objectives.

Application Deadline: January 15
(through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences)