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Center for Social Innovation

Center for Social Innovation

GSSW's new Center for Social Innovation (CSI) is a premier resource for innovation training, support, and research. Social innovation encourages the development of new ideas and directions for solving social problems, both creatively and effectively.  Visit the website »

Ingenious People

Jessica Black

Expanding Our Understanding

Assistant Professor Jessica Black sees neuroscience as a critical component to the core of social work training.  More about Expanding Our... »

AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, where Bryan Harter, MSW '05, is director

Real Careers Have Curves

If you read between the lines of Bryan Harter's resume, you could say he's been preparing to be a social worker his entire life.  More about Real Careers... »

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MSW Programs

Our rigorous MSW program will prepare you to take innovative, effective action to empower those in need and to bring greater equality to vulnerable populations.

Our flexible curriculum offers a balance of structure and flexibility that lets you shape your career. You choose an area of Specialized Practice:

and one of six concentrations:

The concentrations include specialized coursework and an advanced field placement.

You also have the option of completing one or more of eight Certificate Programs:

  • Child Welfare
  • Latino Leadership
  • Neuroscience & Social Work
  • Policy & Community Organizing
  • Refugees & Immigrants
  • School Social Work
  • Trauma
  • Veterans & Military Families

If work or family commitments make it difficult to pursue full time study, our Three- & Four-Year Programs allow you to pursue your degree at a more flexible pace. You can begin the Three-Year Program at our main campus in Chestnut Hill or at our off-campus location in Worcester but must complete your final year of coursework in Chestnut Hill. Your field work, however, may continue in a geographical location that is closer to your residence.

If you want to combine social work with a career in law, business, or pastoral ministry, you can earn a dual degree.

If you have a BSW degree or MSW course credits, you may be eligible to apply as an advanced standing or transfer student.

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers a Latino Leadership Initiative program that bolsters students' cultural and linguistic competencies to work with Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad. Selected courses are taught in Spanish.

The Boston College MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As part of the accreditation process, all programs are required to report the assessment results of a series of competencies as mandated by the CSWE.  Competency Assessment Results »