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The University at Buffalo School of Social Work

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work has outstanding graduate programs that are ranked within the top 10% of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work programs. In addition to providing several dual-degree programs that enable students to integrate social work study with disciplines relevant to the field, the school also offers individuals the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members and peers with diverse backgrounds, cultural experiences and worldviews.

The Master of Social Work Program at the University at Buffalo

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program consists of an evidenced-based, "trauma-informed, human rights" curriculum. Students gain the expertise needed to identify, evaluate and improve the human and social circumstances that would otherwise lead to individual, family, group and community trauma. In addition, the MSW program also offers an online part-time program to accommodate those who need the flexibility to earn degrees from a distance.

The MSW curriculum consists of foundation, advanced and elective courses in addition to field placements. Following the completion of the foundation curriculum, students in their advanced year choose from a variety of interventions, advanced topics and elective courses that make it possible to tailor their education to meet their practice area interests.

Dual-Degree Programs

The University at Buffalo offers unique dual-degree programs for students with who wish to expand their career opportunities upon graduation. The dual-degree reduces the total time and credits compared to completing each degree separately. Available dual-degree programs include: BA/MSW, JD/MSW, MBA/MSW, MPH/MSW, and MSW/PhD.

Doctoral Programs in Social Welfare at the University at Buffalo

Students in the Ph.D. in Social Welfare program design individual plans of study that may include courses in political science, psychology, sociology, law, education, public health, urban planning, and public health and health professions.

The curriculum consists of professional seminars, independent study, research methods courses, research internships and dissertation preparation.

Students receive generous support during their time in the program, including financial assistance, professional guidance and career-placement assistance.

The Online D.S.W. in Social Welfare Program is a part-time program intended for experienced social work practitioners with access to a client population. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership in the dissemination of advanced social work practice knowledge and skills, and contribute to bringing a trauma-informed human rights perspective into practice.

Dedicated Faculty

The internationally recognized University at Buffalo School of Social Work faculty consists of a diverse community of teachers, scholars and activists for change who are committed to and share a common passion for community-university partnerships in research and practice. Faculty member areas of interest include, but are by no means exclusive to, aging, children and youth, diversity and multicultural issues, domestic violence, gender and gender issues, mental health, poverty, substance abuse, and trauma.

University at Buffalo School of Social Work Podcast Series

One of many unique features of the School of Social Work is its "inSocialWork" podcast series, which features conversations with social work professionals, interviews with researchers and information about emerging trends and best practices in the field.

The Buffalo Center for Social Research

This center facilitates Social Work faculty members' and graduate students' research and the discovery and advancement of social work knowledge through community partnerships and interdisciplinary research. Resources and functions of the center include all phases of grant development, from project design to fiscal analysis, full in-house grant submission process, office and interview space for project use, a data analysis laboratory, grant and project management, and research assistantship opportunities for graduate students.

There are several current BCSR projects under way with areas of research including evidence-based practice, mental health, gender and sexuality, aging and end of life decision-making, trauma and trauma history, and veterans.

Alumni and Continuing Education

The alumni of the UB School of Social Work build successful careers in a wide variety of fields, including addictions, aging, anti-poverty, child welfare, criminal justice, disabilities, health, mental health, social developments, social justice and trauma. The graduates work with individuals in a number of settings: schools, hospitals, prisons, the military, clinics, agencies, government and communities.

In addition to the multitude of resources available to current students, the School of Social Work also provides career development with the Office of Continuing Education, which provides information for social workers on upcoming workshops, certificate programs and special projects in evidence-based mental health. Also available are online courses for continuing education in a number of fields.

About the University at Buffalo

Founded in 1846, the University of Buffalo is a flagship school in the State University of New York 64-campus system. UB is a top research-intensive public university that is committed to providing excellent academic programs to nearly 30,000 students.

Kiplinger has given the University of Buffalo a ranking on its list of the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. 

UB is located in Buffalo, New York, in the northeastern region of the United States. Its location within western New York, just minutes from Canada, offers students a wide variety of entertainment, cultural, outdoor recreational, employment and community (e.g., urban, rural and suburban) options.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy (MSW/PhD)
Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (MBA/MSW)
Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work (MPH/MSW)
Master of Social Work (MSW) Social work
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Social welfare

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 207
Doctoral Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees 900 hours of field work
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes
Spring deadline September 15th September 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements 24 credits of course work in liberal arts
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements MSW or equivalent

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 577
TOEFL IBT score: 90

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards April 30
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 3.35%
Black or African American 10.41%
White or Caucasian 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.88%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 7.76%


Male (15%)
Female (84%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 33
Part-time - 52
Male (20)
Female (65)


Focus of faculty research: Violence and victimization; trauma and trauma-informed care; health, behavioral health and addictions; children and adolescents; aging
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 685 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260
United States
Contact Dr. Nancy J. Smyth
Phone: 716-645-3381
Fax: 716-645-3883