Welcome to the Boston University School of Social Work Off-Campus MSW Program! You have an exciting and challenging year ahead, and we look forward to guiding you through your graduate education at BUSSW. We realize that entering graduate school is a big commitment; we are happy to assist you. The following information will help you prepare to enter the program.
- Obtain Login Name and Kerberos Password
- Email Account
- The Student Link
- BUSSW OCP Incoming Student Checklist
- Academic Honesty Tutorial/PowerPoint
- OCP Information Central
- Pre-Entrance Reading Requirement: In response to the needs of diverse populations and in recognition of the role of race and ethnicity in meeting human needs, BUSSW requires incoming students to read the following:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander ISBN-13: 978-1595586438
Calendar of Class and Events: http://www.bu.edu/ssw/news/calendar/.
———– SUBMISSION DEADLINES ———–
May 6, 2019 – Transfer Credit Requests Due
Early June 2019 – Registration
June 17, 2019 – Official Transcripts Due and Final Field Evaluations Due (Advanced Standing)
July 2019 TBA – Placing Out of Introductory Courses
August 2019 TBA – Medical Report Form Due
———– PRE-ENTRANCE ACTIVITIES ———–
March 30, 2019 – Admitted Students Day
April 23-29, 2019 – Research I Waiver Exam
Friday July 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM – Fall River Pre-Orientation
- Location: Bristol Community College
Saturday July 27, 2019, 9:30-11:30 AM – BU North-Bedford Pre-Orientation
- Location: Middlesex Community College
Tuesday August 6, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM – Worcester Hybrid Program Pre-Orientation
- Location TBD
August 19-25, 2019 – Research I Waiver Exam
———– FALL 2019 SEMESTER ———–
September 3, 2019 – Orientation
September 6, 2019 – Classes begin for Bedford and Fall River Campus
September 10, 2019 – Classes begin for Worcester Hybrid Program
Week of September 9, 2019 – Field Education I and II begin
October 21, 2019 – Registration begins for Spring 2020 Semester
December 20, 2019 – Last day of Field Education
Orientation for all new students (including Off-Campus students)
Tuesday September 3, 2019
All Day in Boston
The Boston University School of Social Work Orientation for all incoming students provides you an opportunity to engage with the entire school, become familiar with its philosophy, and meet the dean, faculty, and administration.
Pre-Entrance Reading Requirement – Discussion at Orientation
Each year, the School requires that all incoming students read a specific book prior to entering the program. This is followed by a book discussion that occurs at Orientation. The following book was chosen as a response to the needs of diverse populations and in recognition of the role of race and ethnicity in meeting human needs:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by: Michelle Alexander
Financial Aid Information
Important Resources for Incoming Students
Field Education Information
Part-time Students (Off-Campus and Worcester Hybrid Programs)
Incoming part-time students do not have a field placement during their first year. Additional information regarding field education: https://www.bu.edu/ssw/academics/field/.
Advanced Standing Students
The Advanced Standing option is offered at Fall River and Bedford campuses.
Part-time Advanced Standing students at the Bedford and the Fall River campuses enter the program in September and complete the program over six consecutive semesters. Students enroll in courses in their first semester and continue with courses while enrolled in an advanced 1,000 hour field internship for the rest of the program.
Course registration packets and incoming student information will be sent out by the end of June. This information will explain which courses to register for the Fall semester and how to register.
Please refer to the following program plan as a guide:
- Fall 2019 Bedford Campus Advanced Standing Program Plan
- Fall 2019 Fall River Campus Advanced Standing Program Plan
Advanced Standing students along with all Off-Campus incoming students are required to attend a Pre-Orientation at their specific site.
- Fall River Campus
- Friday, July 12 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm All Students
8:00 – 8:30 pm Advanced Standing only – the Field Placement Process
- Bedford Campus
- Saturday, July 27 at 9:30-11:30 am All Students
11:30- noon Advanced Standing only – the Field Placement Process
All School Orientation
There is an All School day long Orientation for all incoming students on September 3, 2019 at the main campus in Boston. More information regarding this will be sent later in the summer.
The Program Directors will meet with the advanced standing students’ to review the field placement process following the Pre-Orientation Meeting. The field placement process for Off-Campus Advanced Students starts near the end of the summer.
Please contact your Program Director with any questions.
Official Transcripts (All Students) & Field Evaluation (Advanced Standing Students)
University-issued official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate, if applicable, institutions should be mailed to the Admissions and Financial Aid Office or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15. If you are currently completing the final semester of undergraduate study, an official copy of your transcript indicating that you received a bachelor’s degree must be mailed to the Admissions and Financial Aid Office by June 15. If you are an advanced standing student, a copy of your final field evaluation must also be mailed to us.
Our mailing address is:
Boston University School of Social Work
Admissions and Financial Aid Office
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Research Waiver Exam
The Research I Waiver Exam will be offered on April 23-29, 2019 and August 19-25, 2019. (Register for the Research I course and attend it until you receive the results of the exam.) Note: Students can take this exam only once. To register for the exam, contact email@example.com by March 15, 2019 for April exam or August 1, 2019 for August exam.
- Terese Romano, Director of the BU North-Bedford Campus
Office: (617) 851-9655 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diane Crowley, Director of the Fall River Campus
Office: (617) 358-2466 Email: email@example.com
- Debra Berglin, Director of the Cape Cod Campus
Office: (617) 694-5956 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Susan Brostrup-Jensen, Coordinator of the Worcester Hybrid Program
Cell: (617) 356-5771 Email: email@example.com
- Senior Program Coordinator
Office: (617) 353-2115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Triages questions regarding administrative, campus, and course material information.
- Liana Pourrahimi, Administrative Assistant
Office: (617) 353-3766 Email: email@example.com