School of Social Work University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

School of Social Work University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The University at Buffalo School of Social Work

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work has created outstanding graduate programs that are ranked within the top 12% 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.

University at Buffalo School of Social Work Podcast Series

One of many important 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 Master of Social Work Program at the University at Buffalo

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) 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 M.S.W. program is now offering an online part time program to accommodate those who need the flexibility to earn degrees from a distance.

The M.S.W. curriculum consists of foundation, advanced and elective courses in addition to field placements. Following the completion of the foundation curriculum, students pursuing an advanced curriculum are provided a variety of intervention studies, advanced topics and elective courses that make it possible to tailor students' educations to meet practice area interests. Students may enroll in elective courses, including online courses, at any time.

B.A./M.S.W. Joint Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science/Master of Social Work degree program at the University at Buffalo is a very competitive program that prepares ambitious students for advanced social work practice. Students can earn both the B.S. and M.S.W. degrees in 5 years, during which they complete a minimum of 93 undergraduate credits and 60 credits in the M.S.W. program.

J.D./M.S.W. Dual Degree Program

Students who pursue the Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (J.D./M.S.W.) degree program can earn these dual degrees in 4 years of study. Each student earns 90 credits in the law program and 60 in the M.S.W. program and must complete 2 field placements in the M.S.W. program, a law clinic, and 2 J.D./M.S.W. colloquia. The program enables students to integrate legal principles with social work theory and practice.

M.B.A./M.S.W. Dual Degree Program

The University at Buffalo also offers a 96-credit Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (M.B.A./M.S.W.) dual-degree program that enables students to earn both degrees in 3 years.

Students gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of business management while developing the expertise needed for social work practice and administration.

M.P.H./M.S.W. Dual Degree Program

The UB dual Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work (M.P.H./M.S.W.) degree program includes 37 credits in public health courses and 51 in social work courses. This program allows students to integrate the principles and practices of 2 similar but unique perspectives to addressing social issues. The disciplines share similar positions regarding prevention, community and special concern for vulnerable populations. Student can now choose from 2 M.P.H. concentrations: Health Services Administration and Community Health and Health Behavior.

M.S.W./Ph.D. Dual Degree Program

The M.S.W. and Ph.D. degree programs in social welfare are now available in a dual-degree track. Combining these degrees allows students to complete the trauma informed and human rights perspective M.S.W. curriculum, and then move directly into doctoral level research work.

Doctoral Program 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, which may be completed in 2 years, includes 47 credits and 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. That 85% of graduates are placed in research and academic positions throughout the country speaks to the university's dedication to social work students' success.

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. For the full listing of esteemed faculty members, including information regarding professional interests and up-to-date curriculum vitae, interested students should click here.

The Buffalo Center for Social Research

In 2005, the University at Buffalo School of Social Work chose to combine the Center for Research on Urban Social Work Practice and the Center for Research on Children and Youth, resulting in the establishment of the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR). 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.

The Buffalo Center for Social Research houses various institutes and centers where interdisciplinary researchers with similar interests collaborate to examine critical research questions through external funding. The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) oversees independent studies, field units, and funded research projects and grants that provide evaluation, trauma specific treatment interventions, training, technical assistance, and consultation for organizations regarding trauma-informed care. The ITTIC's community partnerships include the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities and Gateway-Longview, Inc.; the Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services; the Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York; and New Directions Youth and Family Services. The Program Evaluation Center (PEC) aims to develop evaluation strategies to investigate what interventions work and in what circumstances within human services. The evaluation strategies developed by the PEC are currently being used in human service organizations in the United States, United Kingdom and Finland. The UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (UBARI) was established in May 2010 as a collaboration between the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and Amrita University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The purpose of UBARI is to initiate, encourage, support and conduct interdisciplinary joint research in the social and behavioral sciences as it relates to areas of need, such as HIV/AIDS, trauma, extreme events and disaster management, and the economic and social advancement of India. All centers and institutes under the BCSR have a number of collaborations and joint research projects under way.

In addition, the BCSR also hosts a monthly Grand Rounds. These events take place on Friday mornings at the Buffalo Center for Social Research on the University at Buffalo's South Campus and feature scholars and researchers from both inside and outside of the School of Social Work. Presenters from the 2012-2013 school year include Dr. Lisa Butler and Dr. Deborah Waldrop of the University of Buffalo School of Social Work; Dr. Sandhya Limaye of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India; and Dr. Karen Sowers, Dean and Beaman Professor of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.

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. For a full listing of all current and previous BCSR Projects, interest students should click here.

Alumni and Employment Opportunities

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. There is no other degree that encompasses the number of post-graduate options as does a Master's in Social Work degree. With the University at Buffalo School of Social Work's course of study, students are able to meet and surpass their learning goals by creating their own individualized curricula that will propel them into the careers and populations of their choosing.

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. For more information about these opportunities, interested students should see the website.

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.

Location & Contact

School of Social Work

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

Dr. Nancy Smyth


Phone: 716-645-3381
Fax: 716-645-3883

Ms. Maria Carey

Admissions Processor

Phone: 716-645-3381
Fax: 716-645-3456

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Welfare Doctor of Philosophy (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/Doctor of Philosophy (MSW/PhD)
    • Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 154
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 455
    • Accepted 343
    • Acceptance Rate 75
    • Enrolled 245
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees24 credits of course work in liberal arts
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, MSW or equivalent
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 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 awardsApril 30
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, instructorships and research grants (for PhD students)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students461
    • Female Percentage85%
    • Male Percentage15%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students461
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Full-time Percentage61%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown12%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty73
    • Full-time Percentage37%
    • Part-time Percentage63%
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTrauma, substance abuse, child welfare, aging, human rights
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$953,623