School of Social Work Boston College

School of Social Work Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
5 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


A Customizable Program

Boston College School of Social Work offers three professional degrees: Master of Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare, and several dual degrees. Boston College's Master of Social Work is offered in a two-year program and a three- or four-year program. The Master of Social Work program offers students the option of four field-of-practice concentrations areas:

- Children, Youth & Families

- Global Practice

- Health & Mental Health

- Older Adults & Families

Along with their concentration areas, students select either Clinical or Macro practice. The Clinical Program intervention method prepares students for a broad range of careers and focuses on direct service to those in need. The Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership Program focuses on training future leaders of the public and social service sectors in the development of new ideas and directions for solving social problems, both creatively and effectively.

The choice of concentration and intervention method combined with a five-elective curriculum plan allows students to customize their education to their professional and educational goals.

Boston College School of Social Work offers a Certificates Program within the MSW Program that gives students the opportunity to engage in concentrated study in subject-specific areas of social work practice and expertise, allowing for enhanced skill sets and practice options. Eight certificate options are offered on a space available basis for incoming students starting in Fall 2014 in the areas of Child Welfare; Latino Leadership; Neuroscience & Social Work; Policy & Community Organizing; Refugees & Immigrants; School Social Work; Trauma; and Veterans & Military Families. Certificate course offerings are subject to change each semester.

Field education is the foundation of Boston College's Master of Social Work program. 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.

Boston College School of Social Work is committed to social justice and human rights. The Immigrant Integration Lab is an applied research lab exploring the intersection of social work, social policy, and immigrant inclusion. The new Hispanic/Latino Track offering, within the MSW program, bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities here and abroad.

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's Master of Social Work program bridges 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 mainstream media outlets. And, its research centers and networks are renowned for conducting groundbreaking work and providing critical services.

Boston College International Program

Since its founding, Boston College's Masters Degree in Social Work program has been committed to exploring, understanding and addressing social problems that transcend borders. Guided by the principles of human rights and social justice, Boston College School of Social Work faculty and students promote sustainable, innovative solutions to social problems around the globe.

Boston College's renowned Master of Social Work Global Practice Concentration prepares students, through coursework and experiential learning, to work in diverse, cross cultural settings and to confront complex issues using social development, social innovation and rights-based approaches.

The International Field Placement component of the Global Practice Concentration places students with agencies around the world, immersing students in communities faced with some of the most intractable challenges including absolute poverty, forced migration, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. Global Practice students may provide training and support to case managers serving refugees and asylum seekers; draft immigration policies; develop programs to prevent trafficking of children; write grant proposals or evaluate the impact of housing programs on women.

Although the issues communities face around the globe may be challenging, Boston College graduates have demonstrated that the knowledge, skills and experience they've acquired at the School of Social Work enable them to have a positive impact on the lives they touch, wherever in the world they land.

Location & Contact

School of Social Work

Boston College

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


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

Request More Info

Degrees & Awards

  • 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 212
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees 2 internships
    • Doctoral Degrees Master's Degree required for admission
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


50% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,037
    • Accepted 550
    • Acceptance Rate 50
    • Enrolled 257
  • 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, master's degree
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • 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 Students580
    • Female Percentage82%
    • Male Percentage18%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students580
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Full-time Percentage88%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino14%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian51%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown12%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty106
    • Full-time Percentage28%
    • Part-time Percentage72%
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%


  • 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$1,366,969



Log in to Peterson's

Forgot your password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.


I certify that I am the subscriber to the provided cellular or other wireless number and I authorize {{SchoolName}} and its representatives and agents to contact me regarding educational opportunities at any current and future numbers that I provide for my cellular telephone or other wireless device using automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded messages, and/or SMS text messages, even if I will be charged by my service provider(s) for receiving such communications. Consent is not a condition for receiving more information from {{SchoolName}}, and I understand that if I no longer wish to receive communications, I will need to contact {{SchoolName}} to alter this consent.

Disagree Agree
Petersons Monthly Scholarship

Application season is here, and it's time to think about scholarships!

Apply in 1-min or less for Peterson's $1,000 scholarship sweepstakes to help cover education expenses.