Welcome to Boston University School of Social Work’s On-Campus MSW Program!
You have an exciting and challenging year ahead and we look forward to guiding you through your graduate education at BUSSW. The following information will help you prepare to enter the program.
Fall 2020 Plans
Dear applicants and incoming students,
At this challenging time, we understand your concern about classes, field placements, and tuition this fall. Boston University continues to carefully monitor the impact of COVID-19 and is responding accordingly. At this pivotal time in our nation, we are in need of dedicated and passionate changemakers like you to be the next generation of visionary social work practitioners, leaders, researchers, and scholars.
After a detailed and thorough review of a range of teaching models, BU will adopt an approach called Learn from Anywhere, or LfA for the Fall 2020 semester — a blend of simultaneous remote and in-person learning. In the broadest sense, it is a model in which the live face-to-face components of a course could also be accessible remotely. This new practice will enable students to participate in the classroom or remotely, as necessary. The goal of offering teaching and learning in both modes, simultaneously, is to give our students the flexibility they need to attend Boston University in the fall and potentially beyond.
Students received an email from Dean Delva detailing the School’s plans to reopen the Charles River Campus for the Fall 2020 semester with details on the new LfA model.
Please see this BU Today story on the new LfA approach — this article details the undergraduate model which will be similar to the BUSSW On-Campus approach. More detailed information will be shared via email as it is confirmed.
All students will receive helpful monthly communications this summer from each campus office. We are here to support you. Please email the teams below with any questions, concerns, or just to check-in and talk.
- Charles River Program: Office of Student Services at email@example.com.
- Off-Campus Program (OCP): OCP team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Online Program (OLP): OLP team at email@example.com.
Sending safe and healthy wishes,
The Admissions & Financial Aid Office
———– SUBMISSION DEADLINES ———–
May 15, 2020 – Transfer Credit Requests Due
Early June – Class Registration
June 30, 2020 – Official Transcripts Due
June 30, 2020 – Final Field Evaluations Due (Advanced Standing Students)
———– PRE – FALL ACTIVITIES ———–
March 28, 2020 – Admitted Students Day
Late August – Research I Waiver Exam
Note: All incoming graduate students at Boston University must complete Student Health Services’ Incoming Heath Requirements. For more information, please click here.
———– FALL SEMESTER 2020 ———–
September 8, 2020 – Orientation
September 9, 2020 – Classes Begin
September 10, 2020 – Field Education Orientation
September 14, 2020 – Field Education I and II Begin
Late October – Registration begins for Spring 2021
December 18, 2020 – Last day of classes (Tuesday classes end December 22, 2020)
December 18, 2020 – Last day of Field Education
Admitted Students Day
This year’s BUSSW Admitted Students Day took place on March 28, 2020.
To see recordings from the virtual event, please visit this link.
For detailed information about orientation, please click here.
Financial Aid Information
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan 2020 Fact Sheet
- SSW Student Expense Budget
- Private Scholarship Resources
- Credit-Based Loan Information
- Financial Aid Checklist
- Financial Aid Award Appeal Process
- Information About Your Financial Aid Award
- Relocation Stipend Information
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
- SSW Scholarship Opportunities
- Scholarship Interest Questionnaire
Field Education Information
Full-time and Advanced Standing Students
Upon receipt of your $300 tuition deposit, the Field Education Department will send you information regarding the field placement process. Once contacted, you are encouraged to reply to the Field Education Office as soon as possible.
For more information about field education, visit this page.
To contact field education, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time Students (Charles River and Off-Campus Programs)
Please note: incoming part-time students do not have a field placement during their first year.
Field Education Orientation (for Full Time CRC students, not Advanced Standing students)
September 10, 2020 – More information about this event and registration will be provided to enrolled students via email at a later date.
Official Transcripts & Field Evaluation
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 email@example.com by June 30, 2020. 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 30, 2020. If you are an advanced standing student, a copy of your final field evaluation must also be mailed to us by June 30, 2020.
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
For detailed information about the Research Waiver Exam, including important deadlines and contact information, go to the Social Work Research Waiver Exam webpage.
Advanced Standing (AS) Students
AS course registration packets will be sent out at the end of April explaining how AS students register for fall courses. Two to three additional packets will be sent via email during the summer with other important information for AS students.
An online AS Welcome & FAQ session will be offered for Advanced Standing Students mid-summer. More information about this event will be provided to AS students via email at a later date.
AS students will be enrolled in either a macro or clinical seminar on Thursday mornings during the academic year. Please be sure to register for FE800AS (for clinical AS students) or MP MP794 (for macro students)
AS students are encouraged to attend the day-long Orientation for all incoming students on September 8, 2020.
Please contact Cate Solomon (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-353-5607) with any questions.
Classes Begin Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Throughout the summer you will receive pertinent materials from Boston University School of Social Work in the form of an electronic packet. Please be sure we have your most up-to-date email and mailing addresses. Contact email@example.com with any changes.