Real-World Experience

Spend time in the field, working with real people. Our robust field placements allow you to put your learnings into practice, gain hands-on training, and form valuable relationships.

At BCSSW, the community is your second classroom. Our students complete more than 300,000 field placement hours every year, engaging in direct social work practice in public schools, medical centers, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Learn from seasoned practitioners. Many of our faculty have established careers as social workers, public health professionals, neuroscientists, and nonprofit directors, which means you'll benefit from their decades of experience and up-to-date knowledge of research and trends. 

From the Boston Public Schools to United Way, we partner with more than 1,000 agencies across the region to help you gain the practical experience you need to excel in the career of your choice.


Ranked school of social work (U.S. News & World Report, 2024)


Employment rate within one year of graduation (Class of 2022)

World-Class Research

Join a dynamic collection of scholars, clinicians, scientists, and leaders from a variety of industries—all dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable.

Our faculty are leading researchers and scholars in an array of subject areas, contributing regularly to national and international conversations around issues like childhood trauma, productive aging, and global migration.

Our innovative research centers, programs, and labs encourage faculty and students to analyze emerging trends and use their findings to propose solutions and inform future studies. In 2021, we provided 51 paid graduate research positions.

We’re the only social work school in New England with its own library—connecting you to 20,000 books, a robust collection of e-books, major journals, and databases, as well as four dedicated research librarians. 

Christopher Salas-Wright
Writing grants and leading NIH-funded projects will inform my ability to read other proposals and figure out how they contribute to science.
Christopher Salas-Wright, Professor, Assistant Dean of the PhD program

Lifelong Community

Our students, faculty, and alumni share a steadfast commitment to the Common Good, with an emphasis on promoting equity, justice, and inclusion through social work.

In 2020–21, we hosted more than 51 trainings, learning communities, and special events focused on equity, justice, and inclusion, with more than 1,300 of our alumni, students, faculty, and staff in attendance. 

Since 2013, a total of 239 MSW and doctoral students have graduated from our Latinx Leadership Initiative, which trains the next generation of social work leaders to work with the Latinx community on sustainable solutions to complex problems.

Our supportive and inclusive culture begins on our campus and extends to our alumni network, where more than 9,000 BCSSW grads continue to uplift one another after graduation, offering career guidance and networking opportunities. 

Sam Bradley
This isn’t diversity, equity, and inclusion for the sake of lip service. This is diversity, equity, and inclusion for the sake of leadership.
Samuel Bradley, Jr., Assistant Professor, Head of the Equity, Justice, & Inclusion Initiative

Join our community and help change yours. Learn more about our innovative programs and field work opportunities. 

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