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60-credit Traditional Online MSW Program

This program is for students from all undergraduate majors. It includes:

  • Fundamentals of social work (social welfare history and policy; theories of human and organizational behavior and development; diversity and oppression; interventions; and scientific methods and evaluation) 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

35-credit Advanced Standing Online MSW Program

This program is for students who have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree (please review admissions eligibility requirements for more details). It includes:

  • Advanced standing research and seminar courses 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses 
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

Online Course Delivery Methods

  • Online courses can have both synchronous and asynchronous components to them. Faculty members will advise students on the number of synchronous sessions required in any course. 
  • All Online MSW students will have priority enrollment for any foundation online course.
  • While it is possible to complete the advanced year entirely online across many different focus areas, for specific interests not offered online, travel to the University at Buffalo School of Social Work is required. The amount of travel depends on course selection. You may review the prescribed curriculum, which outlines the online, hybrid and seated course offerings, on our Course of Study page.

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.

Field Placements

Field placements are specialized field training opportunities that allow students to explore the practice areas that interest them. Online students complete the in-person field placements in their home region.

Due to the time and consistency required for field placements, students should not plan to relocate throughout the duration of study.

  • Completed over the course of two semesters each
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Completed during weekday daytime working hours
  • Cannot be satisfied using past or current employment or volunteer work

Field Placement Requirements

Hours required for 60-credit MSW Online

  • Foundation placement: 420 hours
  • Advanced placement: 480 hours

Hours required for 35-credit MSW Online - Advanced Standing

  • Advanced placement: 480 hours

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