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Online MSW Admissions Requirements

The Boston University School of Social Work seeks to enroll students for the online Master of Social Work program who are intellectually and emotionally capable of completing graduate education and practicing in the profession of social work. Our thorough application process is designed to help both the School and the candidate determine whether he or she has the essential intellectual and personal attributes necessary for admission. Assessment of this potential is made on the basis of academic training and performance, social work and related work experience, personal qualifications, references, and indications of the applicant’s commitment to the profession.

The BUSSW Online Program offers three options to complete the MSW degree:

The following is required at time of application:

  • Completed application
  • $95 non-refundable application fee
  • 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 NC and US territories. At this time the Online MSW Program is not open to international applicants.

State Board of Education requirements and state licensing requirements for social workers differ from state to state. Please be sure to research your state’s Board of Education and social work licensing requirements.

Admission Deadlines

Term Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Spring (January) 2017 October 19, 2016 November 16, 2016
Summer (May) 2017 January 11, 2017 March 8, 2017
Fall (September) 2017 June 14, 2017 July 12, 2017

For more information about the admissions procedure or to ask any questions, please call 877-308-9945 to speak with an admissions representative or you can Request More Information.