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 firstname.lastname@example.org if there is any additional information that may be of help to you or if you have any questions.
Remote Learning Fall 2020 Semester
Based on several important factors, we have concluded that the safest and least disruptive option for our off-campus and hybrid programs is to offer our courses remotely, not in-person, through at least mid-October, and likely throughout the entire fall semester.
PREPARING TO LEARN REMOTELY:
- Each course will have a Blackboard site accessible at learn.bu.edu
- Course sites become available two weeks before the start of the course
- Getting started with Blackboard
- Blackboard FAQ
Live Classroom Sessions
- Every course will have regularly scheduled Live Classroom sessions held via Zoom according to class schedule
- Attendance and participation is required- review course syllabus for more details
- Review the Live Classroom Guides and video tutorials
Tools for successful participation
- A computer, webcam, and headset with a microphone
- High speed internet access
- Firefox (recommended browser)
- Technology Requirements and Resources
For more information and updates on how Boston University School of Social Work is responding to COVID-19 please click here. For the most comprehensive coverage campus-wide from Boston University and frequently asked questions, please visit the BU COVID-19 site.
Academic Policies & Procedures
Calendar & Class Schedule
Off-Campus Program classes at the BU North – Bedford, Cape Cod, and Fall River campuses are held on Fridays from 6 to 9pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm as scheduled. Additional seminars and events are held on Saturdays after class.
Off-Campus Program classes at the Worcester campus are held on Tuesday evenings at 4 to 9pm.
Off-Campus Program Event Schedule:
- Bedford Calendar and Events
- Cape Cod Calendar and Events
- Fall River Calendar and Events
- Worcester Calendar and Events
OCP Field Education:
Campus Locations and Directions
Bedford Campus Location and Directions
The 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
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.
Cape Cod Campus Location and Directions
The 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
Parking: Parking is available on site
Fall River Campus Location and Directions
The 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
Parking: Parking is available on campus in lots 4 & 5.
Worcester Campus Location and Directions
The Worcester Campus is conveniently located at the College of the Holy Cross in central Massachusetts.
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Campus Map: College of the Holy Cross Campus Map
Parking: Parking is available on campus.
Course Material Information
Each course has a Blackboard Learn site where instructors post syllabi and other pertinent information. 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. There are also resource libraries for the Bedford, Fall River, and Cape Cod campuses that have at least one copy of each course textbook that students can borrow. 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.
Please note that the School of Social Work does not endorse any of the following sites:
Curriculum and Program Plans
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. The Off-Campus program is for clinical social work practice majors. Those interested in macro social work practice may participate in the Off-Campus program, but would have to take advanced macro courses either online or at the Boston campus.
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.
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.
When students enroll in field education, advisors are the field liaison between School and agency. They consult with the student and field instructor (agency supervisor) about assignments, learning contract, evaluation, etc.; serve as the student’s advocate in ensuring that the School’s expectations of the agency are being met and that the student is meeting the agency’s requirements; visit the field agency at least once each semester to meet with the student and field instructor(s) to assess progress toward goals. During the field placement process students collaborate with their advisor to complete the field placement forms.
BUSSW Online and Off-Campus Programs Virtual Community Events
First Thursday offers students an opportunity to meet with student colleagues, BUSSW faculty, administrators, advisors, alumni to make connections and attend presentations by content experts.
Students can participate in events, and engage in conversation with the BUSSW community. These events will be held on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month from 8:30-9:30 PM EST via Zoom Web Conferencing.
October 2020: Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 8:30-9:30 PM EST
Event 1 Creating a Healthy Democracy: Gearing Up for Election Day 2020
Social justice is a core principle of social work practice and calls for ensuring meaningful participation in decision making for all people. This interactive session will detail how you can get involved and how BUSSW Votes is working to:
ENGAGE students, faculty, staff, and partner agencies by raising awareness of the importance of voting to social work practice.
EDUCATE students and partner agencies on voter engagement and voting rights activities.
REGISTER students, faculty, staff, partner agencies, clients, and communities to VOTE.
ENSURE that all the people served by social workers have access to the VOTE.
Presented by Diane Crowley, Director, Fall River Campus and Kristina Whiton-O’Brien, Assistant Director, Online Advising and Field Education
Check out recordings of past First Thursdays under “Events” in the Student Resources and Communications Hub on Online Campus!
Boston University School of Social Work Graduation Information
- Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the BUSSW Commencement will be postponed. Please refer to the BU Commencement site for the latest University information.Until we can celebrate safely in-person, BUSSW will hold an informal virtual celebration to acknowledge our 2020 MSW Graduates and their achievements. PhD graduates will conduct a separate virtual celebration.Tune in to the virtual celebration webpage to watch the streaming event on May 24, 2020 at 2:00pm (EST), featuring student speakers from 5 campuses, remarks from Dean Jorge Delva, student awards, and a photo/video collage of the MSW experience.If you have questions about this virtual event or the postponed commencement ceremony, please email email@example.com.VIRTUAL CELEBRATION
Professional Development Seminar
The Off-Campus Professional Development Seminar (learn.bu.edu) spans the three years that students are enrolled in the program, focuses on 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.
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 http://library.bu.edu/guides
- Library resources for Off-Campus Program students
- Find Course Reserves
- Social Work Research Guide
- Find Articles using Databases
- E-Journal Locator
- RefWorks allows students to import references from library databases and other sources, organize them, and use them to create papers with citations and bibliographies in standard citation styles, including APA.
- Ask a Librarian
- Interlibrary Loan
- Mugar Library Hours of Operation
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:
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
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester) – Holy Cross Libraries
Bristol Community College (Fall River) –Bristol Community College Library
Middlesex Community College (Bedford) –Middlesex Community College Library
Registration and Student Accounting
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.
- Student Resource and Communications Hub (Ongoing)
- Off-Campus Faculty
- The Student Link
- Educational Resource Center
- Disability and Access Services
- Health & Counseling Resources
- Graduate Student Resources
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Study Skills Supports
Your coursework requires a great deal of time and effort. Look carefully at your schedule and plan designated time to read and study.
- Guide to Critical Reading
- Reading Strategies for Graduate School
- Time Management
- Time Management PPT
Social Work Career and Licensing Information
Social Work Licensing Information
Social work licensing requirements vary from state to state. Please be sure to check specific regulations for your state of residence at the following resources:
MA Licensing Information (in PowerPoint format)
Career Resources and Professional Development
The Boston University School of Social Work offers career resources to assist students and alumni in their employment search.
The University’s Center for Career Development on the Charles River Campus (Boston) offers digital resource for students and is home to BU Handshake—a digital hub for those exploring employment opportunities.
Connect with BUSSW alumni via our LinkedIn group and make use of BU’s Career Advisory Network (CAN) to connect with alumni across the country. As a student, you are eligible to join your professional organization, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and take advantage of NASW’s numerous career resources.
- BU School of Social Work Alumni Association
- BU Alumni Association
- Association of Social Work Boards
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The Association of American Medical Colleges provides information on loan forgiveness programs in most states. For example, in some places it may be possible for social workers working full time in an underserved area at a community health center to be eligible for a repayment per year of service.
Information about loan forgiveness programs not specific to social workers, but still possibly applicable, are available online. These programs include Americorps, Peace Corps, and National Health Service Corps, as well as other paths to forgiveness.
State Authorization and Distance Education
State Authorization and Distance Education
Boston University State Authorization and Distance Education Disclosures site provides a variety of information regarding distance education programs, including:
Student Services and Advising
The BUSSW Off-Campus & Hybrid programs offer student services and advisement which includes the following:
- Group and Individual Advising
- Academic Support and Program Planning
- The Professional Development Seminar
GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ADVISING
Students are assigned to an advisor when they enter the program and they keep the same advisor throughout their enrollment in the program. Advisors meet with students individual and as a group, as appropriate. Often, advisors offer group advising meetings to provide students the opportunity for socialization with student colleagues, while managing the transition to graduate social work education and learning about the social work profession.
Off-Campus and Hybrid Program Advisors are hired as adjunct advisors on a part-time basis and serve as the primary BUSSW representatives to students and field placement agencies and provide oversight and consultation to the students and field instructors. Advisors mentor students, monitor student performance, and consult to agencies. Students are assigned to an advisor when they enter the program, and students keep the same advisor throughout their enrollment in the program.
- Off-Campus & Hybrid Program Advisors
- Advising Role (LINK)
ACADEMIC ADVISING AND PROGRAM PLANNING
The Off-Campus and Hybrid Program Directors provide academic advising and program planning to students beginning at Orientation and continuing throughout the student’s enrollment in the program. Students can explore their academic interests and personalize their educational program plan to meet their goals. The OCP and Hybrid Program Team can also help identify resources for assistance with academic, personal, financial aid, and career planning needs.
Contact: Off-Campus & Hybrid Program Team
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
This seminar is comprised of three parts, each part focusing on the students’ developmental phase while enrolled in MSW program. There are a total of 12 sessions and students enroll in the seminar each semester. The seminar is offered through the Online Campus and includes a self-paced component, live classroom sessions, group meetings at the campus and First Thursday Events. The focus of the seminar includes professional development; an overview of the social work profession, its values and ethics; an orientation to, and integration with, field education; and career preparation and an overview of social work professional licensing.
- Professional Development Seminar Syllabus
Students interested in joining the BUSSW Student Union should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology & Computing Resources
Technology & Computing Resources
BU offers a variety of technology and information services to support students.
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
- Blackboard Learn
Faculty build, conduct, and manage courses on the web for students.
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.