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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.

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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.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is rooted in evidence-based practice and integrates trauma-informed 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 evaluation.

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 (please 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.

Online, Hybrid and Seated Classes

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.

Online Course Delivery Methods

Our 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.

Field Placements

In the 60-credit MSW Online program, students will complete two field 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 Office. 

Courses of Study

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