Information for Online Students


Welcome to the Boston University School of Social Work Online Program Campus Information Central where you can access a variety of information pertinent to your program. Please contact us at if there is any additional information that may be of assistance to you or if you have any questions.


Online Program Academic Calendar:

Field Education Calendar:

Important Dates

Curriculum and Program Plans

Exploring Social Work Competencies

A program plan is the academic structure and schedule of courses. OLP students are required to follow a designated program plan depending on their admitted track. Students who have questions or contemplating a change in their program plan should consult the Online Program Administrator at

Traditional MSW Track
Students in the traditional track are required to complete 65 credits within 8-9 consecutive semesters and complete 2 field internships for a total of 1200 hours in the field.

Online Program students follow a standard program plan (65 credits/8-9 consecutive semesters). The Online Program curriculum is identical to the curriculum offered at all BUSSW campuses.

Human Service Experience (HSE) Track
Students in the HSE track have been approved of prior human service experience prior to admission to the Online MSW program. Students in this track are required to complete 65 credits within 9 consecutive semesters and complete 1 field internship for a total of 1000 hours in the field.

Advanced Standing Option (AS) Track
Students accepted to the Advanced Standing option enter the program in September and complete 40-43  credits in six consecutive semesters. Students enroll in coursework only for the first two semesters and continue with courses while completing an advanced 1000 hour field internship. Students are in the field for 16 hours per week for 14 months from May to July.

Educational Program Plans

Program Plans By Entering Cohort

Course Descriptions

Registration and Student Accounting

Student Accounting Services

Student Accounting Services is responsible for billing students and processing payments for your academic endeavors and some University-related activities.

Financial Aid

Veteran’s Services


Registration information is sent to students electronically. Students register for courses via the Student Link. OLP students must follow their program plan. Students needing modifications to their program plan should contact the Online Program Administrator.

Registration is held in November for the Spring Semester, in March for the Summer Semester, and in April for the Fall Semester. Incoming students’ registration is held prior to the entering semester.

Please be sure to register for the appropriate courses, as listed below for your cohort and campus via the Student Link. Students with revised program plans should review their plans with the Online Program Administrator prior to registering to ensure they are registering correctly for each semester.

Fall 2015 Registration Guides by Cohort :


FAQ about Registration

Ordering Transcripts

The Office of the University Registrar (881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215) is the ONLY location where official transcripts may be obtained in person, or call 617-353-3612 for mailed transcripts.

Students are also able to order official transcripts using the Student Link. Once logged in, under the “Academics” tab, students can select the option “Transcript Preview and Ordering.” The student should fill out all required information and provide payment using a credit card.

Advising and Field Education


Students are assigned to an academic group advisor when they enter the program and are transferred to a regional advisor during the second semester of the program. Students keep the same regional advisor throughout their enrollment. Advisors are available for consultation, problem solving and advocacy on a range of issue, and also serve as the field liaison.

Students often have questions about the role of the advisor, since advisors in the School of Social Work function differently from undergraduate advisors. We hope the following information will be helpful in outlining our advising support systems. Please feel free to call upon your advisor for help in any of the areas outlined below.

Contact Online Program Advising

Online Programs Student Advising Protocol

Field Education

Field Education is a dynamic and integral part of the curriculum at Boston University School of Social Work. Field Education provides students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to actual practice in social work and other human service settings

Online Program Integrative Seminar

The OLP Integrative Seminar spans the three years that students are enrolled in the program, and its focus follows the learning tasks students encounter at different stages in the program. The Integrative Seminars also serves as an advising tool for students. The Integrative Seminar is offered once a semester throughout the program.  The seminar content is designed to familiarize students with the social work profession and its core values, to help students utilize specific learning tools in their social work classroom and field education,  and to help students integrate their classroom and field experiences.

Integrative Seminar Outline

Tutoring and Writing Resources

BUSSW offers a variety of resources for students including a free Online Tutoring service and tutors.

Library Resources

There are 12 libraries at the University. Mugar Memorial Library is the primary library at BU for study, teaching, and research in the humanities and social sciences. Most of the materials related to social work are in this library.

The Boston University Library provides central library services to all students and faculty of Boston University.

The University has an extensive collection of books and journals online and in the library. If you require special help doing research, the School has its own library liaison:

Meredith Kirkpatrick

Course Materials Information

Prior to the beginning of each course, students receive information on purchasing texts, and on accessing the supplemental course readings. Please review all of the course materials as soon as they are provided and formulate a plan for purchasing texts and accessing supplemental readings. After course enrollment and during the course the syllabus is available through the online campus. Textbooks should be ordered and purchased prior to the beginning of the course. Supplemental course readings are available via the Mugar Library.

Barnes & Noble University Bookstore

Rent Texts

Other Links
Please note that the School of Social Work does not endorse any of the following sites:

Technology Support Resources

Computing Resources

BU offers a variety of services and technological supports for students.

  • TechWeb
    A resource for all computing resources at the University
  • IT Help Center
    A free resource dedicated to helping Boston University’s students, faculty, and academic staff use their computers effectively with consulting services and tutorials
  • IT Help Center—Purchasing
    An online store for computers, software, peripherals, and accessories
  • Student Link
    Access your records at Boston University