Which Program is Right for You?

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The School of Social Work offers multiple MSW program tracks, including full-time, part-time, part-time online, and advanced standing, in addition to our PhD, DSW, and dual-degree programs. 

which msw program is right for you?

Choosing the Right Master's Program

When choosing which program is right for you it is important to consider:

  • Which program you qualify for based on your academic background
  • Whether or not you are able/willing to relocate to Buffalo
  • How quickly you would like to complete the program
  • Whether or not you plan on working while attending the program

View the comparisons below to help determine which MSW option(s) will fit your goals best. You also may want to consider one of our dual-degree programs (see overviews below).  

Master of Social Work Program Overviews

Dual-Degree Program Overviews

Choosing the Right Doctoral Program

UBuffalo DSW vs PhD Overview

Our doctoral programs prepare students for different career tracks. View the comparison chart below to figure out which one will be a better fit for you.

  • Research-focused, interdisciplinary program
  • Students and faculty apply diverse research methods to a wide range of issues related to social work and social justice
  • Centered on becoming leaders in practice
  • Ideal for practitioners looking to strengthen their ability to bridge research and practice
  • Full-time
  • On-campus
  • Part-time
  • Online
Time to Complete
  • 4-6 years
  • 3 years
  • Tuition waiver for all seated coursework
  • Research-focused assistantship for 3 (or 4) years
  • Stipend support
  • Federal loans via the FAFSA

Doctoral Program Overviews

Still not sure which track is right for you?

Call Lauren McGowan, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, to discuss your options: