Which Program is Right for You?

The School of Social Work offers multiple MSW program tracks, including full-time, part-time, part-time online, and advanced standing, in addition to our PhD and dual-degree programs. 

Master of Social Work Program Options

Traditional MSW

Preparing students to become licensed social workers, this track is for students with a bachelor's degree in any subject area.

This is a seated program, for individuals who learn best in a classroom setting, and who are able to come to our campus for class.

Fall Start Only 

60 Credits 

2 years full-time or
3 years part-time

Online Traditional MSW

Preparing students to become licensed social workers, this track is for students with a bachelor's degree in any subject area.

This program can be completed without any required time on campus. The in-person field placement hours are completed at a location near the student. It is best for individuals who have experience learning online, are excellent time-managers, and live more than 50 miles from our Buffalo campus.

Fall Start Only

60 Credits

3 Years Part-Time
(no full-time option)

Advanced Standing MSW

Preparing students to become licensed social workers, this track is for students with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) only.

This is a seated program, for individuals who learn best in a classroom setting, and who are able to come to our campus for class.

Full-time: Summer Start
Part-time: Spring Start

35 Credits

1 Year Full-Time or
1.5 Years Part-Time 

Online Advanced Standing MSW

Preparing students to become licensed social workers, this track is for students with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) only.

This program can be completed without any required time on campus. The in-person field placement hours are completed at a location near the student. It is best for individuals who have experience learning online, are excellent time-managers, and live more than 50 miles from our Buffalo campus.

Spring Start Only

35 Credits

1.5 Years Part-Time 
(no full-time option)

Dual-Degree Program Options

BA/MSW

This program is only for UB undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Interdisciplinary Health and Human Services program. 

After completing the prerequisites, Interdisciplinary Health and Human Services students can apply to the MSW portion of the program their junior year, and if accepted, their senior year will count as the last year of their undergraduate degree as well as their first year of the MSW, saving time and credits. 

5 years Full-Time:
(3 years BA + 2 years MSW)

Students apply separately to BA and MSW portions of the program

MSW/PhD

This competitive dual-degree program is for highly motivated students who want to obtain both their MSW and PhD degrees. It is a seated, full-time program only, but both traditional and advanced standing tracks are available.

This is best for students who want to go on to become researchers and academics after earning their MSW.

- Fall Start for Traditional or
  Summer Start for Advanced    Standing

- Full-funding for PhD
  coursework

JD/MSW

This dual-degree program is for students interested in both law and social work. It is a seated program that offers both traditional and advanced standing tracks.

This program is best for students who want to become lawyers with a human rights or social justice focus, or social workers who want to focus on legal issues and advocacy.

Fall Start Only

Full-Time Only

4 Years for Traditional or 
3 Years for Advanced Standing

MPH/MSW

This dual-degree program is for students with an interest in both public health and social work. It is a seated program that offers both traditional and advanced standing tracks.

This program is best for students who are interested in healthcare policy, or who are passionate about the social issues surrounding healthcare access and delivery. 

Fall Start Only

Full-Time Only

3 Years for Traditional or 
2 Years for Advanced Standing

MBA/MSW

This dual-degree program is for students interested in both business and social work. It is a seated program that offers both traditional and advanced standing tracks.

This program is best for students who want to become leaders of non-profit organizations or who want to open their own clinical practice.

Fall Start Only

Full-Time Only

3 Years for Traditional or
2 Years for Advanced Standing

Doctoral Program Option

PhD in Social Welfare

This program is for students who have already earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. It is a seated program that must be completed on our Buffalo, NY campus.

This interdisciplinary PhD is best for individuals who are seeking careers as researchers and academics. The highly customizable nature of the program allows students to tailor their coursework to their individual research interests.  

Fall Start Only
Full-Time Only
Fully-Funded

Still not sure which track is right for you?

Call Lauren McGowan, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, to discuss your options:
716-645-1254