Social Work, Master | Online (optional) | Boston University | Boston, United States
24 months
37838 USD/year
37838 USD/year
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The programs of the Boston University School of Social Work are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. We offer Charles River Campus programs (full-time, part-time, and advanced standing); Off-Campus part-time programs; and a part-time Online Program.


Key facts

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.

Part-Time Study

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Work
  • Social Welfare and Social Work 
  • Social Work with Individuals and Families 
  • Social Work Groups
  • Human Behavior Social Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Online MSW Spring: November 2
  • Off-campus Fall, Worcester Hybrid: June 1


33 SCH

Foundation: 33 credits

Advanced: 32 credits

Online traditional track: 65 credits

Online advanced standing: 40–43 credits


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • $95 non-refundable application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Current résumé or CV
  • Three references
  • Transcripts


  • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37838 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    37838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37838 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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