The full-time Social Work program at Boston University includes two years of full-time study on the Charles River Campus in Boston. The usual program in the foundation year includes 27 semester credits in coursework and 6 semester credits in field education. The advanced-year program includes 24 semester credits in coursework and 8 semester credits in the field. To view sample full-time program plans, please visit Curriculum & Program Plans.
The school offers an extended part-time program on the Charles River Campus. Part-time students fulfill the degree requirements in either three years (plus summers) or four years (without summers). Students take two to three courses per semester.
The first year of part-time study consists of academic coursework only. (Most foundation courses offer a class section scheduled in the late afternoon and evening time blocks.) In subsequent years, two field placements are required in conjunction with the academic course curriculum. Students must have time available during the regular workweek for the field placement and coursework. Students must be available (during regular weekday hours) for 16 hours a week for their first field placement and 24 hours a week for their second placement. (For their second placement, students may choose the option in some field settings of a 16-hour/week placement for a full year.)
If there is sufficient interest (this fluctuates from year to year), part-time students who have had previous social work experience and for whom the plan is considered educationally sound may meet the requirements of the first field experience in a summer block placement after their first year.
- Social Work
- Social Welfare and Social Work
- Social Work with Individuals and Families
- Social Work Groups
- Human Behavior Social Environment
- 24 months
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Online MSW Spring: November 2
- Off-campus Fall, Worcester Hybrid: June 1
Foundation: 33 credits
Advanced: 32 credits
Online traditional track: 65 credits
Online advanced standing: 40–43 credits
DisciplinesSocial Work Sociology Liberal Arts View 531 other Masters in Social Work in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- $95 non-refundable application fee
- Personal statement
- Current résumé or CV
- Three references
- Phone or Skype interview: May be required for Online Program and international student applicants
- International Student Data Form (must be signed and dated)
- Passport copy (and copies of any previous immigration documents you may have)
- Financial documentation to demonstrate your ability to cover all costs of being a student at BU
International37838 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37838 USD per year during 24 months.
National37838 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37838 USD per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Boston
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