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 email@example.com if there is any additional information that may be of assistance to you or if you have any questions.
Academic Policies & Procedures
Advanced Standing Students
Advanced Standing students in the Online Program complete the program over six consecutive semesters. Students enroll in courses in the first two semesters of the program and begin their field internship in their second or third semester of the program.
Online Program students are assigned to a First Semester Advisor when they enter the program. First Semester Advisors are members of the BUSSW Online Program Team. Students are transferred to a Regional Advisor when they enter the second semester of the program.
First Semester Advising
The First Semester Advisor meets with students through monthly, small group seminars and individually, as needed.
The First Semester Advising Seminar:
- Introduction and an overview to BUSSW and the Online Program
- Student Supports and Resources
- Discussions of the required pre-entrance reading
- A review of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics
- Managing the transition to graduate education
- Socialization with student colleagues.
Students are assigned to a Regional Advisor who is located in, or close to their geographic area and students keep the same Regional Advisor throughout their enrollment. Regional Advisors for the Online Program are hired as adjunct advisors on a part-time basis.
Advisors are available for consultation, problem solving and advocacy on a range of issues, and also serve as the field liaison. Advisors can serve as sounding board, referral source, and general support regarding personal problems or life issues that arise while the student is in school, e.g. health, family, financial, housing, workload, etc. Advisors are a resource when a learning problem develops or is identified; convene problem resolution meetings when necessary and gather information on the student’s performance in classes and field as part of that process. During the placement process, Regional Advisors work collaboratively with the students and the OLP Field Education Team.
Students are introduced to their Regional Advisor when they enter the second semester in the Program and continue to have regular contact, as scheduled and as needed.
In addition to the First Semester and the Regional Advisors, Online Program students’ have access to the Online Program Team (OLP Assistant Director and OLP Coordinator of Advising) who provide program planning and academic support.
Contact Online Program Advising
Contact First Semester Advisor
Contact Online Program Team
Course Material Information
Prior to the beginning of each course, students receive information on purchasing texts, and 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.
Please note that the School of Social Work does not endorse any of the following sites:
Curriculum and Program Plans
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 begin the process by submitting a request online using the Online Program Revised Program Plan Request form.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
March: Self Care
Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 8:30-9:30 PM EST | Access link: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/347281876
Self-care is a critical part of being a resilient and effective social worker. Come hear about how stress and compassion fatigue can interfere with your ability to provide good care to others and share ideas about developing a personalized self-care plan that allows you to feel taken care of and refreshed.
Presented by Deb Berglin, MSW, LICSW, Director, BUSSW Cape Cod Campus
Check out recordings of past First Thursdays under “Events” in the Student Resources and Communications Hub on Online Campus!
January 2020 and September 2020 graduates can attend the upcoming May 2020 ceremonies, however your diploma will be mailed. Diplomas will only be mailed to Official graduates who have provided a diploma mailing address via the Student Link and have no University holds. The date your diploma is ordered/mailed depends on when you have fulfilled these requirements. Diploma order/mail dates can be viewed a day after the order is placed in the Diploma & Graduation Information tab in the Academics section of Student Link.
Boston University School of Social Work Graduation Information
- BUSSW Pre-Convocation Reception for Off-Campus & Online Students
- Day: Thursday, May 14, 2020
- Time: 12:00-2:00 pm EST
- Location: Boston University Walter Brown Arena, 285 Babcock St. Boston, MA 02215
- BUSSW Convocation
- Day: Thursday, May 14 2020
- Time: 3:00pm EST
- Location: Walter Brown Arena, 285 Babcock Street Boston MA 02215
- Speaker: Marylou Sudders, MSW, ACSW
Marylou Sudders is an alumna of BUSSW. Sudders serves as Massachusetts’ Secretary of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) the largest executive agency in MA state government directly touching the lives of 1 in 4 residents.
Diploma, Transcripts and Accounts
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
- Online Library Resources
- 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).
Professional Development Seminar
The OLP Professional Development 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. This seminar serves as an advising tool for students and is offered each 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.
Professional Development Seminar Syllabi
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.
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 begin this process by submitting a request online using the Online Program Revised Program Plan Request form.
Registration is held in November for the Spring Semester, in February for the Summer Semester, and in April for the Fall Semester. Incoming student registration is held prior to the entering semester.
Please be sure to register for the appropriate courses, as outlined in your program plan 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.
Registration Video Tutorial
- Request to Transfer Credit
- Request for Pre-Approval of Transfer Credits
- Agreement on Incomplete Grade
- Graduation Review
- Change of Address/Personal Info on the Student Link
- Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form*
- Online Program Revised Program Plan Request
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.
- Faculty and Facilitators
- Resources for Online Students
- Online Program Team
- Office of Distance Education
- Graduate Student Resources
- Educational Resource Center
- Disability and Access Services
- Health & Counseling 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.
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 available through the following resources:
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)
- Terrier Perks for Alumni
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
Boston University State Authorization and Distance Education Disclosures site provides a variety of information regarding distance education programs, including:
- Complaint Resolution information for Massachusetts, and each state;
- Information on the Refund Policy applicable to students in distance education programs;
- Information about distance education programs that lead to Licensure; and
- Authorizations by State: State-by-state authorizations and information, including complaint procedure information for the location and any state-specific disclosures.
Additional Information at: http://www.bu.edu/state-authorization/
Students interested in joining the BUSSW Student Union should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology Support Resources
BU offers a variety of services and technological supports for 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
Tutoring and Writing Resources
BUSSW offers a variety of resources for students including a free Online Tutoring service and tutors.