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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

BCSSW Students Reflect on ‘Why Social Work’ During 2nd Annual Yearend Workshop

2nd Annual Yearend Workshop

Remembering the Why is an annual workshop offered by Professors Tiziana Dearing and Margaret Lombe and the Macro Student Group that helps to ground 2nd-year MSW students in their motivations for becoming social workers. It’s a valuable exercise as they begin to reflect on their next steps after graduation, including finding that first job. Read more on the Blog »


Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

MSW applicants: 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.

PhD applicants: Contact the doctoral program office at 617-552-4064 to arrange an in-person visit with a member of the doctoral program staff.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission offers campus tours.

MSW applicants: 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.

PhD applicants: There is an online webinar that provides information about the doctoral program.


MSW applicants: 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.

PhD applicants: Review of completed applications will begin in January and notification (by email) of decisions will begin around the second week of February.

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.

Please mail any additional application material to:

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

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.

Accepted applicants to the MSW program may defer enrollment for one year by submitting the $200 tuition deposit and response form. Accepted applicants to the PhD program may defer enrollment by one year by contacting the doctoral program office.

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.

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.

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

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

If you are a U.S. military veteran or a full-time volunteer with a recognized non-profit service organization such as the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, City Year, or AmeriCorps, you are qualified to receive an application fee waiver. Simply submit a form or letter certifying your dates of service, or submit one of your required recommendation letters on organization letterhead, and then call or email the Admissions office to request the fee waiver. Returned volunteers are also eligible for a fee waiver. If you have paid the fee prior to submitting a request for a fee waiver, the fee is not refundable.


It depends on your program. Please see Curriculum Plans for details.

Advanced standing students who enroll in June 2016 will graduate in May 2017.  January 2017 entrants will graduate in May 2018.

Advanced standing students have a 240-hour spring or summer placement followed by a 720-hour advanced concentration placement during the final academic year.

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.

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.


Students, with the exceptions noted below, may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits taken prior to admission. Only courses in which a student has received a grade of B or better, and which have not been applied to a prior degree, will be accepted. If approved, the transfer course and credit, but not the grade, will be recorded on the student's academic record. Credit received for courses completed five years prior to a student's admission to his or her current degree program are not acceptable for transfer. Requests for transfer credit must be made prior to program enrollment.

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