Why Choose Social Work at UB?

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An education from the UB School of Social Work provides you with the essential skills and knowledge to help people rediscover their strengths and resiliency as they transform their lives. Our programs also focus on and prepare you to take action in program and policy arenas at local, national and global levels.

A medium-sized professional school within the largest and most comprehensive research university in the State University of New York system, the UB School of Social Work is positioned in a diverse learning community to offer flexible academic programming, meeting the unique interests and career goals of our students.

As a public institution, the University at Buffalo offers a world class education at an affordable price.

- Tuition for New York State residents is one third to one quarter the tuition at most private schools. 

- Tuition for nonresident students is less than half that of most private schools and a number of state schools. 

- Plus, tuition scholarships, research stipends and other means of financial support may be available to qualified students. 

Join our community of learners and you will:

Personalize your education to meet your learning and career goals.

Our MSW program allows you to create your advanced year curriculum based on the practice areas that interest you most. With our PhD program, you can design the focus of your interdisciplinary course of study by choosing from 10 other professional schools and academic departments through the university.

Gain a unique perspective that will allow you to help those who need you most.

We recognize the significant role psychological trauma and human rights violations play in a range of social issues. That's why we designed our MSW curriculum to integrate trauma-informed and human rights perspectives, essential components in understanding today’s world.

Experience our nationally ranked and accredited programs and university.

We are ranked in the top 10% of CSWE-accredited social work programs. The University at Buffalo campus is ranked high in international student diversity among U.S. public universities and was named one of the "Best Values" in higher education by Kiplinger's.

Make a real-world impact by participating in our school’s active research programs.

With the active involvement of our students, the Buffalo Center for Social Research facilitates the discovery and advancement of social work knowledge through community partnerships and interdisciplinary research.