Buffalo Niagara Summer Institute

Developed in 1986 the Buffalo Niagara Summer Institute offers an intensive combination of single and multi-day workshops as well as one-credit MSW elective courses that can be taken on a degree or non-degree basis. 

Man and woman working together.

The Buffalo Niagara Summer Institute workshop topics include trauma, addictions, child and adolescent mental health, and more. Workshop presenters are regional, national and international experts who strive to inform and inspire new ways of thinking about social work therapies, techniques and client approaches.

Summer Institute MSW Elective Courses

Registration opens early March. 

All June and July one-credit MSW courses count toward the UB School of Social Work’s MSW degree.

Our summer courses can be taken by current UB MSW students as well as non-matriculated or non-degree students.


Current UB SSW students: Register through the Hub Student Center in the same manner that you register for all other classes.

Not a current UB SSW student? (Non-Degree or Non-Matriculated Students): Apply for non-degree status, which must be completed prior to registration. This requires proof of immunization status if not already on file at UB.

Tuition and Fees

Billing is sent electronically to your buffalo.edu email address. Paper bills are no longer mailed by UB. If you do not check your buffalo.edu email and pay your tuition bill on time, you will be charged late fees by UB.

Review the in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees.

Tuition Waivers

Field Educators with SUNY Tuition Waivers may use the waivers to pay for tuition costs. Waivers do not cover standard course fees or the nondegree application fee. For more information call the MSW Field Education Office at 716-645-1234 or email sw-field@buffalo.edu.


  • The Buffalo Niagara Summer Institute courses are considered non-standard courses. Please refer to the Office of the Registrar's non-standard session dates for add/drop dates. 
  • Full attendance is required for credit. 


For questions about the summer institute, email us or call 716-829-5841.