This step-by-step guide will help new social work students understand and navigate the process of successfully getting started at the UB School of Social Work.
Former UB students may be able to skip a few steps, as they were previously completed.
To confirm your attendance, you must log back in to your Application Status Portal and complete the "SSW Reply to Offer of Admission" form.
Submit your $50 tuition deposit (via credit card or echeck) using the link in your status portal. You will need your UB person number to complete this step. Your person number is generally available in your status portal 24-48 hours after you are admitted. You will receive an email when it is available.
Can't find the link? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your UB email is the official method of communication between you and the university. Please be sure to check it regularly to receive important messages and updates.
Your UBIT name and password remain the same and you will not receive a new password.
The next group of steps can be completed simultaneously. Please be sure to complete all steps as soon as possible, as not doing so will delay your registration.
*You must complete the step with the (*) before you can register for classes. The other steps in the second section can be completed before or after you are registered.
In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, UB requires that all students submit a student health background form.
Mail all health forms to:
Health Services, Michael Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3007
or fax to 716-829-2564
UB students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have fulfilled these requirements.
(If you are a part-time traditional student, a dual-degree student who is not beginning in the School of Social Work, or a doctoral student, you will skip this step.)
It is extremely important that you complete the field application in a timely manner when prompted.
Please note: Students who have a past felony must understand that they may encounter challenges in securing a field placement, depending on the nature of the charge(s). If students are unable to successfully complete field education requirements it will result in dismissal from the program.
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Full and part-time students who are U.S. citizens and registered for at least 6 credit hours can be eligible for loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This is a requirement for all MSW and dual-degree students.
In your acceptance letter, it will state whether or not you have completed the human biology requirement. If you have not already completed the human biology prerequisite, view your options and make a plan to satisfy this prerequisite as soon as possible.
With the exception of degrees earned at UB, all students must provide final official transcripts* from your conferring undergraduate institution verifying that you have earned an undergraduate degree. Students with graduate credits they are transferring and/or graduate degrees must also provide final official transcripts from their graduate institution(s).
If you are a recent graduate, please check with your institution to make sure that the official transcript is final and will have your degree conferred on it before it is sent.
Please have your final official transcripts sent to:
Attn: Maria Carey
University at Buffalo
School of Social Work
685 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
Students are responsible for assuring the delivery of the documents to the School of Social Work. Please note that using any other university address may result in non-delivery to our department.
Check your application portal to see if we have received your final official transcripts.
Questions about what is needed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Any offer of admission is provisional pending receipt of all official transcripts and proof of completion of an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of intended enrollment.
As you prepare to enroll in any of our graduate programs, review the technology requirements to make sure you have the required hardware/ software and skills to be successful.
Note: You will not be able to register until you have completed the step above with the (*), enrolled in DUO two-step verification, and all holds have been removed from your account.
Online Traditional MSW students will have a registration hold until they attend the mandatory orientation. The hold will be listed as "Preregistration Meeting- SW." This hold will be lifted and you can register for classes after orientation has been completed. Seats will be reserved in the required courses for you.
Before you are able to access your HUB account and other UBIT services, you must enroll in DUO two-step verification. Two-step verification is the new standard for account security on the Internet. It pairs something you know (your UBITName and password) with something you have (like a smartphone or a security key) to provide secure access to your UB services.
Next, remove any holds in HUB:
UB students cannot register for classes until they have fulfilled these requirements.
To view the date when you are able to begin registering for classes, log into your HUB student center, available in MyUB.
In the HUB student center, on the right hand side bar, you will be able to view the open enrollment windows under the "enrollment dates" box.
The curriculum for each program is prescribed. This means you must register for all of and only the courses listed in the first semester of your program curriculum on the website.
Please note that students do not need to meet with an advisor before registering. Advisors for MSW students will be assigned at orientation.
Click on your program below to see which courses you must register for your first semester*:
*PhD students should contact their advisor to discuss their course schedule before registering.
As soon as enrollment opens and your holds have been lifted, follow the steps below to register.
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UB requires students to demonstrate proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption. More information on UB’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement and the link to submit documentation can be found on the COVID-19 Immunization Requirements webpage.
Students who receive approved medical or religious exemptions should be aware that certain field placements may have stricter vaccination requirements than the university and do not accept UB’s exemptions. In these instances, students who receive UB-approved medical or religious exemptions may not be able to complete their degree.
To park on campus, UB students, faculty, staff and vendors need a parking permit.
All students are required to have health insurance. Students registered for 9 or more credit hours will be automatically billed for student health insurance.
If you will have health insurance coverage from another source (parent, spouse, etc.) while you are a student, you can complete the health insurance waiver to waive this fee.
All students will be expected to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and the Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion, and Graduation, in accordance with program requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations, to enroll in, fully participate in, progress through, and graduate from any UBSSW program.
Students enrolled in our online programs who live more than 75 miles from campus can request an activity fee waiver.
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 you register for a seated or hybrid course, you will be charged the full non-resident rate for all courses that semester.
Learn more about your I-20 status, immigration and visa information on the UB Graduate School Immigration & International Arrival Information.
Learn more about UB Veteran Services and the VA Educational Benefits on the UB Veteran Services page.
It helps to self-disclose to the Accessibility Resources Office as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged in advance. Visit the Office of Accessibility Resources website to learn about the process for self-disclosing and requesting accommodations.