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Boston College
School of Social Work
BCSSW Admissions
McGuinn Hall 221
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-4024

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information
Financial Aid
Student Life


General Information

How can I request a visit to the Boston College School of Social Work?

Contact the BCSSW Admissions Office at or 617-552-4024 to arrange to meet with an admissions representative. It may also be possible to speak with a current BC Social Work student or visit a class, with advance notice.

How can I sign up for a campus tour?
The Office of Undergraduate Admission offers campus tours.

Do you offer any information sessions?
A number of information sessions for prospective students are offered during the academic year. They provide a valuable opportunity to talk with faculty, students, and admissions representatives.



What is the timeline for applying?

MSW Program application deadlines
PhD Program application deadline

When and how can I expect to hear back from BC Social Work?
Review of completed applications will begin in January and notification (by mail) of decisions will begin in late January/early February. Decisions are typically made within three to six weeks of submission of all required documents, once our review process begins in January.

How will my application be evaluated?
The evaluation of your application will include an assessment of academic performance and preparation, related experience, career objectives, potential for leadership, and commitment to social justice.

How do I add new information if I have already submitted my application?
Please mail any additional application material to:

Boston College School of Social Work
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 67405
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

How can I check the status of my application? Whom should I contact if I have a question regarding my application status?
After you have submitted an application form, you should receive an email from Boston College containing a username, password, and Eagle ID to log into the Agora Portal. Through Agora Portal you can check the status of your application by clicking on the Applicant Status link. You can also access the Application Status website directly using your Boston College Eagle ID and birth date.

If you have not received a username and password, or if you have other questions related to your application status, please contact the BCSSW Admissions Office at or 617-552-4024.

How long can I defer my acceptance?
Accepted applicants may defer enrollment for one year by submitting the $200 tuition deposit and response form.

Is there a minimum GRE score required to apply?
The GRE is not required for the MSW program but may be submitted to strengthen your application.  The GRE is required for the PhD and MSW/PhD programs but there is no minimum score. Each case is evaluated on an individual basis. The BCSSW School Code is 3219 and BCSSW Department Code is 5199.

I submitted my application, but I won't have all my supplemental materials such as recommendations by the deadline; will you still accept my application?
You are considered an active applicant once you have submitted your application. Delays in completion of the application will result in later review, however, and could put you at a disadvantage for available spaces.

Can I request an extension for my application?
There is no need to request an application extension, but late application submissions are given a lower priority due to limited space.

Where do I send my application materials?
Application materials should be sent either in one envelope or separately to the following address:

Boston College School of Social Work
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 67405
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467



How many credits will I take each semester?
It depends on your program. Please see Curriculum Plans for details.

If I enroll in the MSW Advanced Standing Program in January or June, when will I graduate?
Advanced standing students who enroll in June 2013 will graduate in May 2014. January 2014 entrants will graduate in May 2015.

If I am an MSW Advanced Standing Student, will I have one or two field placements? How many hours?
Advanced standing students have a 240-hour spring or summer placement followed by a 720-hour advanced concentration placement during the final academic year.

Can I take course electives outside of BC Social Work?
A student may cross-register for one social work-related elective per semester in another graduate school or department at Boston College (e.g., Lynch School of Education, Carroll School of Management, School of Theology and Ministry, Sociology Department, Psychology Department). Students may also take electives during the academic year at Boston University, Tufts University, and Brandeis University through the Boston Area Graduate Consortium.

Are Advanced Standing students eligible to do the Global Practice concentration?
MSW Advanced Standing students may apply for the Global Practice concentration by taking a 16-month Advanced Standing curriculum which begins with January enrollment. After completing the Spring term Advanced Standing curriculum, students take the Global Practice concentration final year curriculum, beginning with summer term.

See the Advanced Standing and Global Practice Curriculum Plans for details.


Financial Aid

MSW Program financial aid FAQs
PhD Program financial aid


Student Life

Where can I find information about off-campus housing?
The Office of Residential Life offers information about off-campus housing.