Course of Study Options

We offer two program tracks:

  • The Advanced Standing Track for students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).
  • The Traditional Track for students without a BSW.

You will first earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in a program rooted in evidence-based practice and trauma-informed and human rights perspectives before moving on to the advanced analysis and research opportunities of the PhD program.

Advanced Standing Track

Curriculum Overview

PhD courses orther than the social work-based proseminars and research internship may be taken in sequence and in any department at UB.

Year Fall Spring
Summer MSW only
2 Advanced Standing Seminars*
1 Elective*
Year 1
MSW and PhD
Trauma and Human Rights*
Advanced Interventions*
Field Placement*
Scholarship Proseminar
Research Methods
Advanced Topics Analysis*
Field Placement*
Professional Development Seminar*
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Year 2
MSW and PhD
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
2 Electives*
Research Internship
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
2 Electives
Research Internship
Year 3 Comprehensive exams and Dissertation
Year 4+ Dissertation

*Courses required for the MSW

Funding Overview

All accepted MSW/PhD students are offered a funding package. Shown below is the base package. Additional funding may be available through fellowships.

Period Curriculum Funding
Summer MSW courses Self-funded
Year 1 MSW & PhD courses Tuition waiver¹
Year 2 MSW & PhD courses Tuition waiver + Assistantship²
Year 3 Comprehensive exams & dissertation Tuition waiver³ + Assistantship
Year 4+ Dissertation Self-funded⁴

¹Tuition waiver = full tuition coverage at in-state rate for domestic U.S. students (out-of-state rate for international students) for up to 47 credits.

²Assistantship = 20 hours per week; 12-month appointment; $16,000 per year.

³Tuition waiver in year 3 applicable only if students have not reached the 50 credit limit.

⁴Beginning in year 4, students must secure their own funding (e.g., working on a faculty research grant, teaching, serving as a field liaison).

Traditional Track

Curriculum Overview

Year Fall Spring
Year 1
MSW only
Social Welfare History and Policy*
Theories of Human Behavior*
Scientific Methods*
Interventions I*
Field Placement*
Diversity and Oppression*
Theories of Organizational Behavior*
Evaluation in Social Work*
Interventions II*
Field Placement*
Year 2
MSW and PhD
Trauma and Human Rights*
Advanced Interventions*
Field Placement*
Scholarship Proseminar
Research Methods
2 Advanced Topics Analysis*
Field Placement*
Professional Development Seminar*
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Year 3
PhD only
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Elective
Research Internship
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Elective
Research Internship
Year 4 Comprehensive exams and Dissertation
Year 5+ Dissertation

*Courses required for the MSW

Funding Overview

All accepted MSW/PhD students are offered a funding package. Shown below is the base package. Additional funding may be available through fellowships.

Period Curriculum Funding
Year 1 MSW courses Self-funded
Year 2 MSW & PhD courses Tuition waiver¹
Year 3 PhD courses Tuition waiver + Assistantship²
Year 4 Comprehensive exams & dissertation Tuition waiver³ + Assistantship
Year 5+ Dissertation Self-funded⁴

¹Tuition waiver = full tuition coverage at in-state rate for domestic U.S. students (out-of-state rate for international students) for up to 47 credits.

²Assistantship = 20 hours per week; 12-month appointment; $16,000 per year.

³Tuition waiver in year 4 applicable only if students have not reached the 50 credit limit.

⁴Beginning in year 5, students must secure their own funding (e.g., working on a faculty research grant, teaching, serving as a field liaison).

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Schomburg Fellowship Opportunity

Fellowships are available for academically outstanding students who contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage. These awards come with a tuition scholarship and annual stipend. View details on our funding page.