Welcome to Boston University School of Social Work’s Online MSW Program!
You have an exciting and challenging year ahead and we look forward to guiding you through your graduate education at BUSSW. The following information will help you prepare to enter the program.
Message on Covid-19
Dear applicants and incoming students,
We hope that this email finds you well during this challenging time. Our BUSSW Admissions Team would like to take this time to reach out to all Online MSW Program applicants regarding the Covid-19 crisis and any uncertainty surrounding your enrollment.
We understand that you may have concerns or questions about our program and we want to reassure you that Boston University continues to carefully monitor the impact of COVID-19 and is responding accordingly. Fortunately, our Online Program is already 100% virtual, so there will be no disruption for prospective students.
For more information and updates on how Boston University School of Social Work is responding to COVID-19, please click here. For the most comprehensive coverage campus-wide from Boston University and frequently asked questions, please visit the BU COVID-19 site. We encourage you to solely get your information directly from our website as it will have the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Sending safe and healthy wishes!
Admissions & Financial Aid, Boston University School of Social Work
Advanced Standing Students
Advanced Standing students in the Online Program complete the program over six consecutive semesters. Students enroll in courses in the first two semesters of the program and begin their field internship in their second or third semester of the program.
Field Education and the Field Placement Process
Online Program Advanced Standing students begin their field placement in the third semester of the program. Students begin to be oriented to the field placement process during First Semester Advising and the process continues with the Regional Advisor and through the IS 100 Professional Development Seminar.
Additional information regarding field education can be found at: https://www.bu.edu/ssw/academics/field/.
Curriculum and Program Plans
Please be sure to follow your specific program plan to ensure that you meet the requirements for graduation. Program Plan by Cohort
Student Services and Advising
The BUSSW Online program offers student services and advisement which includes the following:
- Group and Individual Advising
- Academic Support and Program Planning
- The Professional Development Seminar
GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ADVISING
The First Semester Advising Seminar:
Students are assigned a First Semester Advisor when they enter the program. This group advising process offers students the opportunity for socialization with student colleagues, while managing the transition to graduate social work education and learning about the social work profession. First Semester Advisors are members of the BUSSW Online Program Team, they meet with students through monthly, small group seminars and individually, as needed.
The First Semester Advising Seminar is offered through the Online Campus and provides an overview of the supports and resources offered at the School, as well as, a forum for discussion on social justice and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
- Contact: First Semester Advisor
- OLP First Semester Advising Role
The Regional Advisor:
Students are transferred to a Regional Advisor when they enter the second semester of the program. Regional Advisors are located near the student’s geographic area, and students keep this advisor throughout the remainder of the program.
Advisors are the primary BUSSW representatives to students and field placement agencies and provide oversight and consultation to the students and field instructors. Advisors mentor students, monitor student performance, and consult to agencies.
- Online Program Regional Advisors
- Regional Advising Role
ACADEMIC ADVISING AND PROGRAM PLANNING
The Online Program Team (OLP) provide academic support and program planning to students beginning at Orientation and continuing throughout the student’s enrollment in the program. Students can explore their academic interests and personalize their educational program plan to meet their goals. The OLP Team can also help identify resources for assistance with academic, personal, financial aid, and career planning needs. Students who have questions or contemplating a change in their program plan should begin the process by submitting a request online using the Online Program Revised Program Plan Request form.
- Contact: Online Program Team
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
The Professional Development Seminar is comprised of three parts, each part focusing on the students’ developmental phase while enrolled in the MSW program. The Seminar covers: professional development; an overview of the social work profession including its values and ethics; an orientation to, and integration of curriculum and field education; career preparation and an overview of social work professional licensing.
Students must register for IS100 Professional Development Seminar every semester in order to access the seminar online content. Although the Seminar is not credit based, it is a required component of the program. Participation, attendance and completion of the Seminar tasks is required in order to receive a passing grade.
The Seminar consists of 12 sessions and includes a self-paced component combined with live classroom meetings held virtually or in-person. Additionally, a number of First Thursday Virtual Events are offered throughout the year. Students access the seminar through the Online Campus portal at onlinecampus.bu.edu.
- Seminar Syllabus for Traditional and Human Service Experience Students:
- Part I – For TT & HSE Students Enrolled in their First Year of the Program
- Part II – For TT & HSE Students Enrolled in their Second Year of the Program
- Part III – For TT & HSE Students Enrolled in their Third Year of the Program
- Seminar Syllabus for Advanced Standing Students Seminar Syllabus for Advanced Standing Students
- Part I – For AS Students Enrolled in their First Year of the Program
- Part II – For AS Students Enrolled in their Second Year of the Program
Field Education Information
Field Education is a dynamic and integral part of the curriculum at Boston University School of Social Work. Field Education provides students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to actual practice in social work and other human service settings.
Boston University School of Social Work Online Program students may be eligible for funding in the form of a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Direct Loan, private credit-based loans, tuition reimbursement through employers as well as veterans benefits. BUSSW scholarship funding is not available to online students. Tuition Payment Plan Students and their families may choose to budget all or part of their academic charges in monthly installments with the Tuition Payment Plan. Veterans Services Please click here for information on veterans services.
Financial Aid Information for Online Program Students
Boston University School of Social Work Online Program students may be eligible for funding in the form of a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Direct Loan, private credit-based loans, tuition reimbursement through employers as well as veterans benefits. BUSSW scholarship funding is not available to online students.
Tuition Payment Plan
Students and their families may choose to budget all or part of their academic charges in monthly installments with the Tuition Payment Plan.
Please click here for information on veterans services.
Important Resources for Incoming Students
- Online Campus
- BUSSW Online Information Central
- Important Dates
- Request for Transfer Credit Form
- Incoming Student Guide Fall 2021
- Disability and Access Services
- Fall 2021 Cohort Program Plan – HSE Clinical
- Fall 2021 Cohort Program Plan – HSE Macro
- Fall 2021Cohort Program Plan – Traditional Track Clinical
- Fall 2021 Cohort Program Plan – Traditional Track Macro
- Fall 2021 Cohort Program Plan – Advanced Standing -Clinical
- Fall 2021 Cohort Program Plan – Advanced Standing – Macro
Incoming Student Registration Video Tutorial
Official Transcripts (All Students) & Field Evaluation (Advanced Standing Students)
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 email@example.com by August 24th. 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 August 24th. 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
Research Waiver Exam
For detailed information about the Research Waiver Exam, including important deadlines and contact information, go to the Social Work Research Waiver Exam webpage.
Social Work Career and Licensing Information
Social Work Career and Licensing Information
Social work licensing requirements vary from state to state. Please be sure to check specific regulations for your state of residence available through the following resources:
Career Resources and Professional Development
The Boston University School of Social Work offers career resources to assist students and alumni in their employment search.
The University’s Center for Career Development on the Charles River Campus (Boston) offers digital resource for students and is home to BU Handshake—a digital hub for those exploring employment opportunities.
Connect with BUSSW alumni via our LinkedIn group and make use of BU’s Career Advisory Network (CAN) to connect with alumni across the country. As a student, you are eligible to join your professional organization, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and take advantage of NASW’s numerous career resources.
- BU School of Social Work Alumni Association
- BU Alumni Association
- Association of Social Work Boards
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Terrier Perks for Alumni
The Association of American Medical Colleges provides information on loan forgiveness programs in most states. For example, in some places it may be possible for social workers working full time in an underserved area at a community health center to be eligible for a repayment per year of service.
Information about loan forgiveness programs not specific to social workers, but still possibly applicable, are available online. These programs include Americorps, Peace Corps, and National Health Service Corps, as well as other paths to forgiveness.
State Authorization and Distance Education
Boston University State Authorization and Distance Education Disclosures site provides a variety of information regarding distance education programs, including: