Off-Campus Programs

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

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. Your entire degree is completed at the off-campus site.

Our current Off-Campus Program sites are:

  • Bedford (Merrimack Valley)
  • Fall River
  • Cape Cod (Barnstable)

Program Structure

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

  • Traditional Program Plan: 65 credits including 2 field internships. Students enroll in 8 consecutive semesters and complete the program within 3 years
  • Human Service Experience Track (HSE): 65 credits including 1 field internship. Students enroll in 8 consecutive semesters and complete the program within 3 years
  • Advanced Standing Program: 40-43 credits including 1 field internship. Students enroll in 6 consecutive semesters and complete the program within 2 years (available at the Bedford and Fall River locations)

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. Our Off-Campus Program offers a rich network of field placement sites, providing practical experience in locations close to the students’ communities.

The first year in the program 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.

Classes 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 and complete the entire program at the campus location site.

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