Welcome to the Boston University School of Social Work Worcester Hybrid Program 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
Students are assigned to an advisor when they enter the program, and students keep the same advisor throughout their enrollment in the program.
Advisors for the program are hired as adjunct advisors on a part-time basis. Academic advising and program planning is provided by the campus director or the Online Program team who are also available for academic support and program planning.
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. Additionally, advisors convene problem resolution meetings when necessary and gather information on the student’s performance in classes and field as part of that process.
Students meet their advisors when they first enter the program and are a resource for student’s beginning questions or concerns. They continue to have regular contact, as scheduled and as needed, providing support and assessing how the student’s program is progressing in field and coursework.
Calendar & Class Schedule
The Worcester Hybrid Program holds classes on the following days:
- First 4 semesters: students enroll in face-to-face courses at the Holy Cross Campus on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 9pm. Attendance is required.
- Semesters 5-9: students enroll in online classes and must register for Live Classroom sessions with are held virtually and are usually either on Sunday or Monday evenings. Attendance is required.
Seminars and additional events are held virtually, as scheduled.
- Field Education Calendar
Other Important Dates:
Campus Location and Directions
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: Free parking is available on the Holy Cross 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 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 following:
- For face to face courses (semesters 1-4) the course backboard site is accessible at learn.bu.edu
- For online courses (semesters 5-9) the course blackboard site is accessible at onlinecampus.bu.edu
Textbooks should be ordered and purchased prior to the beginning of the course. Supplemental course readings are available via the Mugar Library.
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 Plan
The curriculum for the Worcester Hybrid Program is identical to the curriculum offered at the Charles River Campus, the Off-Campus Programs, and the On-Line Program, although these programs structure the curriculum somewhat differently. The Hybrid Program offers both clinical and macro social work practice majors. Students are enrolled in either a traditional track (TT) or a human service experience track (HSE) when admitted.
The Hybrid students are required to follow a standard program plan of 65 credits over 9 consecutive semesters, regardless of major or track. A program plan is the academic structure and schedule of courses. Students contemplating a change of program must consult their advisor and make a written request to the director of their program.
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 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. Please Note: Once students are enrolled in the program, they are not able to switch tracks (ex: Traditional Track to Human Service Experience Track).
Educational Program Plans
Hybrid Traditional Program Plan – Clinical Practice Major
Hybrid Traditional Program Plan – Macro Practice Major
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 BUSSWchool and the agency. They consult with the student and field instructor (the student’s supervisor) about assignments, the learning contract, the evaluations, 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.
Event BUSSW Community Meeting
Access link: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/171280074
In our ongoing efforts to provide as much support and information as possible, during these unprecedented times, we are offering an opportunity to check-in with each other and come together as a community. Weekly Community Meetings take place on Thursday nights from 8:30-9:30 pm via zoom. It is optional to join, and we hope that you will come when you can, to share with each other, discuss challenges, gain information, and feel a sense of community and solidarity
Discussion will be led by BUSSW Administrators
Check out recordings of past First Thursdays under “Events” in the Student Resources and Communications Hub on Online Campus!
- 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 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. 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).
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 information is sent to students electronically. Students register for courses via the Student Link and students must follow their program plan. Students needing modifications to their program plan should begin this process by discussing program changes request with their advisor and program director.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 FAQRegistration Video TutorialForms
- 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.
- Student Resource and Communications Hub (Ongoing)
- The Student Link
- Educational Resource Center
- Disability and Access Services
- Health & Counseling Resources
- Graduate Student Resources
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Get Connected
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
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 & 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
- Online Learning System Requirements
- Computing Resources
- 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.