Part-Time Weekend Programs in Bedford, Cape Cod & Fall River
With over thirty years of off-campus teaching experience using the cohort model of graduate education, our Off-Campus Master of Social Work (MSW) 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:
- Cape Cod (Barnstable) – Blended (in-person/online) format, offered every other year
- Fall River – In-person format
- Bedford (Merrimack Valley) – In-person format
We also offer the Worcester Hybrid MSW Program, based in Worcester, Massachusetts.
As an Off-Campus or Hybrid Program student, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your learning experience by choosing a track option that fits your background, and the opportunity to pursue a minor in Macro Practice or a specialization.
There are three options to complete the MSW degree in the Off-Campus Program, depending on your educational background:
- Traditional Track: 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.
* Off-Campus Advanced Standing is available at our Bedford and Fall River campuses only.
Please Note: Once students are enrolled in the program, they are not able to switch tracks (ex: Traditional Track to Human Service Experience Track). Off-Campus Program students major in Clinical Social Work Practice. Those interested in macro social work practice may enroll in the Off-Campus Program but must take some of the required and elective 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
- Most classes for the Bedford and Fall River campuses are completed in four weeks. Classes are held on Friday nights (6pm–9pm) and Saturday mornings (9am–1pm).
- Students take one course at a time.
- Students take all classes as a cohort throughout their time in the program.
- Students complete the entire program* at their off-campus location.
* If you choose to pursue a specialization, you may take certain courses through the Online Program if they are unavailable at your campus.
- Offered every other year
- Cape Blended Program courses include both in-person and online components.
- Students attend in-person courses during fall and spring semesters, and online courses during the summer.
- In-person classes are held on Fridays from 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. They are completed in 4 weekends.
- Summer online classes are 7-weeks long and require a weekly virtual Live Classroom of 1-1.5 hours, held on Sunday or Monday evenings.
- Students take one course at a time.
- Traditional Track and HSE students complete the program in eight semesters.
- Students complete the required field internship(s) within the geographic area of their choice.
- Students take all in-person classes as a cohort throughout their time in the program.