Students may choose to specialize in one of five areas: (1) Children, Youth & Families; (2) Behavioral Health; (3) Aging; (4) Trauma & Violence; (5) Leadership in Group Work & Human Service Management (L-GWHSM).

Each of the specializations requires three courses (9 credits) and an advanced field placement within the identified field of practice. One of the courses must be the integrative course for the specialization. Other courses may be taken within the BU School of Social Work (SSW) or approved courses in other BU schools or the consortium.