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MSW Online Part-Time Program

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 curriculum is rooted in evidence-based practice and integrates trauma-informed and human rights perspectives

60-credit Online MSW Program

The 60-credit MSW Online program is for students from all undergraduate majors. It includes:

  • 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 evaluation) 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

35-credit Advanced Standing Online MSW Program

The 35-credit Advanced Standing Online MSW program is for students that have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree (please review admissions eligibility requirements for more details). It includes:

  • Advanced standing research and seminar courses 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses 
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

Field Placements

Field placements are specialized field training opportunities that allow students to explore the practice areas that interest them the most. Online students complete the in-person field placements in their home region, and take an active leading role in the field placement process with our Office of Field Education.

Field Placements:

  • Are completed over the course of two semesters each
  • Require a minimum of 15 hours a week
  • Are during weekday daytime working hours
  • Cannot be satisfied using past or current employment or volunteer work 

The 60-credit MSW Online program requires 420 hours for the foundation placement and 480 hours for the advanced placement.

The 35-credit MSW Advanced Standing MSW Online program requires one 480 hour advanced field placement.

Online Course Delivery Methods

  • Online courses can have both synchronous and asynchronous components to them. Faculty members will advise students on the number of synchronous sessions required in any course. 
  • All MSW Online part-time students will have priority enrollment for any foundation online course.
  • 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. You may review the prescribed curriculum, which outlines the online, hybrid and seated course offerings, on our Course of Study page.

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