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Graduate School of Social Work Boston College

  • Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 88%12%
    student ratio
  • 514
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 54%
    acceptance rate
  • 5 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Boston College Graduate School of Social Work: Field Education Is Key

The mission of Boston College's master's degree in social work program is both professional and academic. By building a strong foundation for teaching and learning with hands-on experience and rigorous scholarship, the program prepares its students for an effective and meaningful practice of social work, as well as helping to bring more social justice to the world.

Field education is the foundation of Boston College's Masters of Social Work program. Students convert the knowledge learned in the classroom into skills applied in the real world through intensive "hands on" opportunities to develop a professional social work identity. Students learn as part of a cohort that gives more than 200,000 hours annually in service to the community in Boston and around New England. The student serves an apprenticeship with an experienced supervisor, who provides mentoring and preparation for a career in social work.

The goal of field education is to integrate classroom learning with the development of competency in practice. Clinical practice students focus on direct practice with individuals, families, and groups. Macro practice students are placed in settings that provide them with experiences in advocacy, community development, social planning, and policy analysis.

Research Opportunities at Boston College

Research represents the lifeblood of academics and learning at Boston College. The college emphasizes social welfare and social work with the same intellectual rigor with which medical schools pioneer new stroke treatments, physicists explore the fabric of the universe, and business schools analyze best practices in investment finance.

Boston College masters of social work program bridge's theory and practice by systematically testing ideas and methods in research settings and translating the results into the field. This empirical approach enriches the academic programs taught on its campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and advances social policy and practice.

Boston College's wide-ranging research appears in a variety of academic publications and makes headlines in main stream media outlets. And, its research centers and networks in are renowned for conducting groundbreaking work and providing critical services.

Boston College International Program

Since its founding, Boston College masters degree in social work program has been committed to the international dimensions of social problems and social work. Though the issues each country or community faces may be unique, the research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills required to address them are endlessly adaptable--as Boston College graduates demonstrate throughout the world.

Boston College's renowned Masters of Social Work Global Practice Concentration sends its students to locations across the globe where they are placed in refugee camps, child abuse centers, women's empowerment programs, and a wide range of other social service agencies.

Boston College's students have chances to practice social responsibility through myriad opportunities such as providing HIV/AIDS counseling, drafting immigration policies, helping develop programs for sexually exploited girls and teens, and evaluating housing for the poor.

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's international field placement is not "study abroad." It is a three-month program that places students in the field, bringing Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students into bona fide contact with some of the globe's most intractable and devastating problems including AIDS, extreme poverty, and genocide.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of Social Work

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800
United States

Dr. William Howard

Director of Admissions

Phone: 617-552-4024
Fax: 617-552-1690

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Work Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
      Master of Social Work/Master of Arts (MSW/MA)
      Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 195
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 916
    • Accepted 503
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 207
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students514
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students514
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty46
    • Full-time Percentage41%
    • Part-time Percentage59%
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchWell-being of children and families, health and mental health issues, aging and work, consumer-directed services, international social work practice
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$4,025,000




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