Off-Campus Program Information Central

Welcome to the Boston University School of Social Work Off-Campus Programs 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 help to you or if you have any questions.

The BU North-Bedford Campus is conveniently located at Middlesex Community College near Route 3 and Route 128 and offers convenient access to individuals from northern and western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Middlesex Community College- Henderson Hall
591 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730

Campus Map:MCC Campus Map

Directions to the Boston University School of Social Work – Bedford

Parking: Parking is available on site, Parking Lot B is recommended.

Classes and Open Houses: are held in Henderson Hall. Henderson Hall is directly across from Parking Lot B.

The BU Cape Cod Campus is conveniently located at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. 

Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668

Campus Map:  Cape Cod Community College Campus Map

Directions to the Boston University School of Social Work – Cape Cod Campus

Parking: Parking is available on site

The BU Fall River Campus is conveniently located at Bristol Community College in southeastern Massachusetts with easy access to Rhode Island.

Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720

Campus Map:  BCC Campus Map

Directions to the Boston University School of Social Work – Fall River Campus

Parking:  Parking is available on campus in lots 4 & 5.

Off-Campus Program students follow a standard program plan (65 credits/8 consecutive semesters). The curriculum at our Off-Campus Programs is identical to the curriculum offered at the Charles River Campus.

Exploring Social Work Competencies

Educational Program Plans

A program plan is the academic structure and schedule of courses. OCP students are required to follow a standard program plan. Students contemplating a change of program should consult their advisor and make a written request to the director of their program.

BU North-Bedford Campus Standard Program Plan
Fall River Campus Standard Program Plan
Cape Cod Campus Standard Program Plan

Advanced Standing Program Plans

BU North-Bedford Campus

Advanced Standing Program Plan

Advanced Standing pass SR waiver exam PP

Fall River Campus

Advanced Standing Program Plan

Advanced Standing passed SR waiver exam PP


Course Descriptions


Students are assigned to an advisor when they enter the program and students keep their same advisor throughout their enrollment. Advisors are available for consultation, problem solving and advocacy on a range of issues, and also serve as the field liaison. Off campus program directors provide academic support to students, program planning and field placement coordination.

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.

Student Accounting Services

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


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 ongoing from May to August.

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

Please be sure to register for the appropriate courses, as listed below for your class and campus via the Student Link.

FAQs about Registration



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

There are 12 libraries at Boston University. Mugar Library is the main library and it contains most of the material related to the humanities and social sciences.

The Boston University Libraries website provides access to the library resources available at Boston University, including print and electronic books, online journals, videos, etc.

When doing a literature review and research for an assignment, check the Boston University Libraries website as well as databases and e-journals. Social work databases and other resources can be found on the Social Work Research Guide. All of our research guides can be found at

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

Accessing Other Boston Area Libraries:

Boston Library Consortium

Boston University students, faculty, and staff can now borrow books directly from the Libraries at Boston College, Brandeis University and Northeastern University using their Boston University ID (Terrier Card).

Resources Available at the Off-Campus sites:

One copy of each required textbook is available on site and additional course readings are available electronically via the Mugar Library course reserves.

All campus libraries are open during the week.

Cape Cod Community College –Wilkens Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) Library

Bristol Community College (Fall River) –Bristol Community College Library

Middlesex Community College (Bedford) –Middlesex Community College Library

The Off-Campus Program 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 first year, the seminar provides an introduction to social work roles, values, and ethics; a review of the field placement process; and preparing for the foundation field internship. During the second year, the seminar focus is on expectations for the foundation field internship, the advanced field placement process, and preparation for the advanced field internship. In the final year, the seminar focus is on expectations for the advanced internship, portfolio review, social work career and licensing information, transitions, and endings.

Year I Incoming Students Seminar

  • Overview of the MSW program
  • Cohort education
  • Professional social work role and identity
  • The social work code of ethics
  • Behavioral standards for students
  • Supports offered to students
  • The advising process
  • The field placement process

Year II Foundation Seminar

  • Overview and preparation for the foundation-year field placement
  • Focus on orientation to the agency
  • The learning contract
  • Process recording
  • The field education evaluation process
  • Supports offered to students in the field

Year III Advanced Seminar

  • The MSW student experience
  • Graduation review
  • Portfolio philosophy
  • Identify and articulate strengths
  • Professional identity, role, and responsibilities
  • Identifying career goals
  • Transitions and endings
  • Social work licensing
  • The job search process

Each course has a Blackboard Learn site. Instructors post syllabus and other pertinent information on the blackboard sites. Prior to the beginning of each semester, students are sent a course material memo with information on purchasing texts, and accessing the supplemental course readings. Please review this information as soon as it is provided.  Textbooks should be ordered and purchased prior to the beginning of the semester. Supplemental course readings are available via the Mugar Library, Course Reserves, or the course Blackboard site. Students are expected to complete reading assignments one week ahead of each class.

Barnes & Noble University Bookstore

Rent Texts

Other Links

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

Computing Resources

BU offers a variety of technology and information services to support 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

    Information Services

    Students access Blackboard to get course syllabi (with the lists of required books to purchase). Teachers post links to web-based content here and leave messages about assignments for students to read.

    For your convenience, here is the Masters of Social Work Academic Policies & Procedures handbook.

      Commencement Weekend: 

      Boston University School of Social Work Graduation Information (5.19.17)

      • Regalia

      Boston University Commencement Ceremonies

      Diploma, Transcripts and Accounts

      BUSSW Career Guide – STUDENT SUPPORT & RESOURCES located above this section.