Our MSW Online part-time program offers the in-depth knowledge
and skill building of our traditional program.
Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The MSW Online program is offered part-time, in which students
complete the prescribed curriculum per semester and complete the
degree requirements (60-credit hours) in three years (nine
semesters). This MSW Online program starts every Fall semester.
The Advanced Standing MSW Online program is offered part-time.
Students complete the prescribed curriculum per semester and
complete the degree requirements (35-credit hours) in 1.5 years
(five semesters). The Advanced Standing MSW Online program starts
every Spring semester.
Please review the admission
eligibility requirements for more information before applying
to any of these programs.
Our curriculum is rooted in evidence-based practice and
and human rights perspectives.
In the MSW Online program students will study the foundation
fundamentals of social work: social welfare history and policy;
theories of human and organizational behavior and development;
diversity and oppression; interventions; and scientific methods and
Building on this foundation, students have a wide selection of
advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course
options to design their advanced year concentration; in addition to
completing the perspectives on trauma and human rights and
professional development courses.
The Advanced Standing Online MSW curriculum builds upon a BSW
review admissions eligibility requirements for more details).
Upon completing our advanced standing research and seminar courses,
students will design their advanced year concentration from a
variety of advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and
elective course options in addition to the perspectives on trauma
and human rights; and professional development courses.
All MSW Online part-time students will have priority
enrollment for any foundation online course. Students design their
advanced year concentration based on their interests. While it is
possible to do the advanced year entirely online across many
different focus areas, for specific interests not offered online,
travel to the University at Buffalo School of Social Work campus
would be required; the exact amount of travel will depend on your
individual course selection. Please review our FAQ
page for some travel tips. You may review the prescribed
curriculum, which outlines the online, hybrid and seated course
offerings, on our Course
of Study page.
In the 60-credit MSW Online program, students will complete two
placements in their home region to help make the transition
from student to social work professional. Field placements include
a minimum of 420 hours for the foundation placement and 480 hours
for the advanced placement.
In the 35-credit MSW Advanced Standing MSW Online program,
students will complete one 480 hour field placement.
Specialized field training opportunities allow students to fully
explore the practice areas that interest them the most. All
placements are completed over the course of two semesters. Field
placements require a minimum of 15 hours a week. Students will need
to make sure to have daytime availability and will need to take an
active role in the field placement process with our Field