Application Requirements

When creating an application, we strongly encourage applicants to use a Gmail account, if you have one, to ensure that you don’t miss any emails regarding application status updates, admission decisions, etc.

To apply for admission to any of our MSW programs, you must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or be enrolled in a course of study that will result in the award of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before you begin your MSW studies. 

BUSSW does not have a GPA requirement for Traditional or Human Service Experience track applicants. However, all Advanced Standing applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The following application requirements must be submitted online with your completed application (please scroll down for additional details about each requirement):

  • $95 non-refundable application fee: Paid by credit card when submitting your application electronically
  • Personal statement: 3-4 pages, double-spaced – must be a minimum of 3 full pages
  • Current résumé or CV: no page limit
  • Three references: One reference is required from a faculty member or advisor if you are currently in school, and/or from a supervisor if you are working
    • Please note: All letters of recommendation must be written/dated within one year of the time you submit your application. If you have any questions, please email busswad@bu.edu.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts should include all previous undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate academic institutions, including study abroad transcripts – we will accept unofficial for the application review process but will need official if/when you’re accepted before starting the program.
    • If your study abroad courses are not listed with grades on your US transcript, your transcript is not in English, or your transcript is not on a 4.0 grading scale, please provide an official English transcript at the time you apply by having it evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
    • If/when sending official transcripts electronically from National Student Clearinghouse, choose “other” from the dropdown list of schools and then type in our email address to ensure it gets to the right department: busswad@bu.edu. Please email us if you have questions on where to send your transcripts. You can also upload unofficial transcripts on your end within the application portal. 
  • Phone or Skype interview: May be required for Online Program and international student applicants only upon request
  • Additional materials as required for Transfer StudentsInternational, Dual DegreeAdvanced Standing, or Human Service Experience track candidates
Please Note:
  • Applicants may apply for one campus per application cycle.
  • Academic credit is not given for life experience or previous work experience.
  • If you have applied and were not accepted, you must wait one year to reapply to any of our campuses. Please note, our off-campus and on-campus sites only begin in the fall so if you applied for fall 2020, for example, you are eligible to apply for fall 2021 entry. Additionally, because our online program accepts three times per year, if you applied for spring 2020, for example, you must wait until spring 2021 to apply again. Please email busswad@bu.edu if you have any questions.

Application Requirements Details




State Authorization, Distance Education and Professional Licensure

Many social workers are required to obtain licensure to practice social work. Each state has different licensure requirements.  The Boston University State Authorization and Distance Education Disclosures site provides a variety of information regarding social work licensing and distance education programs, including: