Boston University School of Social Work

Rankings and Accreditation

Boston University and the School of Social Work are consistently ranked among the very best and most research-prolific institutions in America. In its 2018 listing of the country’s finest national universities, U.S. News and World Report ranked Boston University 37th out of 311 universities surveyed. In addition, the School of Social Work was ranked 10th among 251 graduate schools of social work evaluated by the publication.

Boston University was ranked 1st as the “Best Online Master’s in Social Work Degree” by College Choice.

Boston University grads were ranked 6th in the world and 5th in the nation as most employable in a report published in Times Higher Education.

The program’s foundation and advanced methods curriculum in clinical and macro practice are noted as key to preparing Boston University’s MSW graduates to serve as valued social workers, who become counselors, community organizers, practitioners, and leaders in a wide range of positions.

Boston University counts among its faculty and alumni six Nobel Prize winners, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; author, activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; and poet Derek Walcott. More than 20 Pulitzer Prize winners are also either current/former Boston University students or educators.

World-Class Accreditation

Boston University’s high standing in the international academic community is confirmed by its accreditation from many of the most recognized sanctioning bodies in America. The University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institution of Higher Education (781-271-0022;,  one of six nationally recognized accrediting agencies. Boston University School of Social Work’s programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

These credentials ensure a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University will be highly regarded in the professional and academic environment.

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Boston University School of Social Work's programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Boston University offers a fully-accredited online graduate social work program. BU’s online MSW students earn the same prestigious social work degree as on-campus students. Students participate in live classroom sessions held on Sunday and Monday evenings. Earning an MSW while living and working in your community has never been more convenient.

To learn more about Boston University, the School of Social Work and the online Master of Social Work degree program, call 877-308-9945 to speak with an admissions representative or you can request more information.

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