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Courses of Study

Our 60-credit hour part-time and our 35-credit hour Advanced Standing part-time MSW programs may be completed through online courses or a combination of online, hybrid and seated courses held at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.

Traditional Online Part-Time Course of Study

This program is 60-credit hours in three years (nine semesters), and begins every fall semester.

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Advanced Interventions (Choose one)
Elective (Choose one)

Advanced Standing Online Part-Time Course of Study

This program is 35-credit hours in 1.5 years (five semesters), and starts every spring semester.

This option is only for students that have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degreeView additional advanced standing prerequisites on our apply page. 

Course Options and Delivery Methods

If students wish to complete all coursework online, they will need to select from the online courses offered in each of the following categories.

Online students who are NY residents are also welcome to select hybrid or seated courses to meet the degree requirements if they are willing and able to come to campus. 

Non-resident online MSW students (out-of-state and international) MUST take all of their coursework fully online in order to be eligible for the lower non-resident online tuition rate. If non-resident students register for a seated or hybrid course, they will be charged the full seated non-resident rate for ALL courses that semester.

Advanced Interventions

Advanced Interventions Courses

The advanced interventions courses further develop social work skills and practice modalities in diverse settings and with diverse systems. You are required to take one advanced interventions course. All courses are 3 credits each.

Advanced Topic Analysis

Advanced Topic Analysis Courses

The advanced topic analysis courses reflect our commitment to community-based practice in agency settings with diverse populations, to strengthening clients’ social functioning and to creating just and effective policies and programs. You are required to take two advanced topic analysis courses. All courses are 3 credits each.


Elective Courses

All courses are 3 credits each.

Course Online Hybrid Seated
SW 554 Motivational Interviewing and Assessment     X
SW 556 Forensic Social Work     X
SW 557 Evidence Based Mental Health Practice X    
SW 559 Trauma Theory and Treatment X   X
SW 573 Solution Focused Practice   X  
SW 578 Gender Issues     X
SW 580 Psychopathology X    
SW 582 Multicultural Issues in Social Work     X
SW 583 People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families     X
SW 584 Personality Disorders     X
SW 586 Responding to Refugees/Immigrants     X
SW 587 Addiction and the Family X    
SW 588 SW Practice with Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans Populations     X
SW 589 Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse X   X
SW 591 Spirituality in Social Work     X
SW 593 EMDR     X
SW 595 Agency Grant Writing X   X
SW 596 Community Development and Change     X
SW 597 Play Therapy     X
SW 598 Behavior Disorders of Childhood X    
SW 599 Public School Social Work     X
SW 708 Responding to Disasters with Social Work Interventions     X
SW 710 Loss and Grief Across the Life Course     X
SW 714 International Social Work X    
SW 715 Advanced Seminar in Trauma     X
SW 717 Human Sexuality for Social Workers X    
SW 720 Intro. to Veteran and Family Care   X  
SW 721 Social Policy and Programs for the Aging Population X    
SW 972 Relationship-based Practice X    
SW 988 Enhance Clinical Practice using Emerging Technologies X    
SW 995 Disability and Human Rights X    
SW 996 Interpersonal Violence X    
SW 997 Community Social Work In Action     X
SW 998 Social Policy and Programs for the Aging Population X