Program Overview

The Online MSW Program option at Boston University School of Social Work allows applicants interested in a graduate social work education to earn an MSW degree by enrolling in our innovative online program. This part-time course of study in Clinical Practice or Macro Practice offers three options to complete the MSW.

Utilizing a convenient online learning format, the program allows individuals to earn an MSW degree while continuing to live and work in their own communities. Students take the required and elective courses online; and complete one or two field internships (depending upon relevant work experience) within or near their geographic area.

Courses are taught by Boston University’s faculty who are committed to continue to provide leadership, mentorship, and to share their expertise and current research initiatives in the online Master of Social Work Program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    Council on Social Work Education


    Personal statement. Current Resume or CV. Three professional and/or academic references. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate academic institutions. GRE or MAT scores must be submitted (if your cumulative undergraduate GPA where you obtained your degree is below 3.0 on the US 4-point scale).


    The online program is available for individuals living in the USA except those from US territories.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1839, Boston University is one of America's largest and most respected private research universities. It offers a unique combination of academic excellence and social relevance for its more than 33,000 students from 135 different countries.

    It's in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it. 

    Boston University has a rich and distinguished history of support for Civil and Women's Rights. BU was the first university to open all divisions to female students, the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman, the first in the U.S. to award a medical degree to a black woman, and the first to graduate a black psychiatrist. Boston University Medical College was the first coeducational medical college in the world, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chose Boston University as a place to hone his message of peace and social justice in the 1950s, graduating with his Ph.D. in Theology from BU in 1955.


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