Charles River Campus Students


May 5  Transfer Credit Requests due

Early June – Registration

June 15 – Official Transcripts Due and Final Field Evaluations Due (Advanced Standing)

August 1 – Medical Report Form Due


April 7 – Admitted Students Day

April 23-29 – Research I Waiver Exam

August 16-25 – Research I Waiver Exam

———–  FALL SEMESTER 2018 ———–

September 4 – Orientation

September 5 – Classes begin

September 6  – Field Education Orientation

September 10  – Field Education I and II begin 

Late October – Registration begins for Spring 2018

December 14 – Last day of Field Education

TBA – Last day of classes

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Admitted Students Day is a fun event where you can interact with future classmates, faculty, current students, and alumni to get a closer look at the School of Social Work and the Boston University campus! Linked here are this year’s Admitted Students Day Schedule of Events and presentation.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
All Day

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.

Charles River Campus and Off-Campus Programs Orientation Reading

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by: Michelle Alexander
ISBN-13: 978-1595586438


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. You are encouraged to reply to the Field Education Office as soon as possible.  For more information, visit


Part-time Students (Charles River and Off-Campus Programs)
Incoming part-time students do not have a field placement during their first year.


Field Education Orientation (for FT CRC students/not AS students)
Thursday September 6, 2018
Watch your email for specific times and locations.

Photonics Center, 8th Floor

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 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

The Research I Waiver Exam will be offered April 23-29, 2018 and August 16-25, 2018.  Please Note: Students should register for the Research I course and attend it until you receive the results of the exam. You can take this exam only once. To register for the exam, contact by the dates specified below.

Important Deadlines

Exam Option # 1 (Testing Dates April 23-29, 2018)
Students email to register by: March 21, 2018
Exam Scheduling opens: March 26, 2018

Exam Option # 2 (Testing Dates August 16-25, 2018)
Students email to register by: July 10, 2018
Exam Scheduling opens: July 23, 2018

If you plan to take the exam, you should register for the Research I course (SR743) to reserve a space in the course in case you do not pass the exam. The decision to take the waiver exam is optional; however, all students are REQUIRED to reply to Lisa Murphy no later than the dates specified above (; 617-353-3748) indicating which of the following options you will pursue:

  • Option 1: Take the April or August exam with registration for SR743 for the summer or semester
  • Option 2: Decline the opportunity to take the exam and register for SR743 for the summer or fall semester.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Murphy at

AS course registration packets will be sent out in April that explain how AS students register for summer and fall courses. Two other main packets will arrive via email in the end of June and beginning of August with other important information.

An online AS Welcome & FAQ session will be offered for Advanced Standing Students. We will be in touch with this information.

Advanced Standing Students will be in either a macro or clinical seminar on Thursday mornings during the academic year. Please be sure you are registered for FE800AS (for clinical AS students) and MP MP794 (for macro students)

Please be in touch with Cate Solomon with any questions.

Classes Begin Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Throughout the summer you will receive pertinent material from us in the form of an electronic packet. Please be sure we have your most up-to-date email and mailing addresses. Contact with any changes.