Off-Campus Programs

Part-Time Weekend Programs in Bedford, Cape Cod and Fall River

With over thirty years of off-campus teaching experience using the cohort model of graduate education, our Off-Campus Program brings the BU School of Social Work curriculum to students in three Massachusetts sites through a part-time, weekend-based option.

Our current Off-Campus Program sites are:

  • Bedford (Merrimack Valley) – Offered every Fall
  • Cape Cod (Barnstable) – Offered every Fall beginning in 2021; blended format
  • Fall River – Offered every Fall

We also offer the Worcester Hybrid MSW Program, based in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Program Structure

There are three options to complete the MSW degree in the Off-Campus Program, depending on your educational background:

Please Note: Once students are enrolled in the program, they are not able to switch tracks (ex: Traditional Track to Human Service Experience Track). If a student would like to switch tracks, this must be done during the application phase and prior to the application deadline. Students cannot transfer to another campus (ex: Charles River Campus to Online Campus) to switch tracks once enrolled in the program.

  • All Off-Campus Program students major in Clinical Social Work Practice. Those interested in macro social work practice may participate in the Off-Campus program, but would have to take advanced macro courses either online or at the Boston campus. 
  • We offer a rich network of field placement sites, providing practical experience in locations close to the students’ communities.
  • The first year focuses on foundation theory courses.  During the second year, students enroll in foundation methods courses and complete the foundation internship. In the third year, students enroll in the advanced curriculum courses and complete the advanced field internship. Although classes are held on weekends, field placements occur during the week in students’ own communities.
Bedford & Fall River
  • Classes for the Bedford and Fall River campuses are completed in four weeks and are held on Friday nights (6–9 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9 a.m.–1 p.m.).
  • Students take all classes as a cohort throughout their time in the program.
  • Students complete the entire program at the campus location site.
Cape Cod
  • Classes for the Cape campus are now offered in a blended format beginning Fall 2021, featuring in-person and online components. 
  • Students attend in-person courses for the Fall and Spring semesters for a total of six semesters. The two Summer semesters will be held online and will include 1 to 1.5 hours per week in a Live Classroom virtual environment.
  • In-person classes are held on Friday nights (6–9 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9 a.m.–1 p.m.).
  • Students will complete required field internship(s) within the Cape Cod geographic area.
  • Students take all classes as a cohort throughout their time in the program.
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