MSW Field Education

Field education is more than a curriculum requirement — it is your opportunity to gain professional social work experience while earning your MSW.

During your field placements, you will:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom in real practice settings
  • Receive guidance under the supervision of an experienced social worker
  • Make a positive impact on clients, organizations and the larger community

Field Education at UB

Our unique approach to field education contributes to our recognition as a leader in graduate-level social work education. By completing field education at the UB School of Social Work, you can: 

  • Benefit from comprehensive field experiences in the Buffalo Niagara area — a highly diverse, multicultural region with an array of populations, including children and families, military veterans, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and many more
  • Tailor your advanced-year placement to your interests thanks to our robust network of partnerships with hundreds of organizations locally, nationally and internationally that specialize in nearly every area of social work
  • Gain exposure to many elements of social work practice, from clinical interventions to policy work
  • Receive support from a dedicated faculty liaison, on top of the guidance you receive at your placement from an experienced social worker

At UB, you can also take advantage of many innovative opportunities:

UB students complete field in many settings
  • Addiction treatment programs
  • Correctional facilities
  • Domestic violence agencies
  • Foster care and adoption agencies
  • Hospitals and medical practices
  • Human service agencies
  • Immigrant and refugee services
  • Mental health care agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Policy/advocacy groups
  • Rural community services
  • Schools
  • Veterans agencies
  • And many more!

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