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Boston College School of Social Work
Video: Services to Migrants, A Border Perspective

Westy Egmont, Maryanne Loughry, and Border Course students

In this short video from this year’s border course, Westy Egmont outlines some of the challenges facing social workers at the point of entry of Nogales, and he explains how BCSSW helps to train MSW candidates to better understand these challenges, and begin to build solutions. Read more on the Blog »

MSW/PhD Student Dedicates Her Life's Work to Racial Healing

Melissa Bartholomew, MSW/PhD Student

In this Q&A, she places into context many of her life experiences and how they have brought her to Boston College; she talks about her project to develop a model for racial trauma healing for African Americans; and she explains why social work is so critically important to eradicating racism. More about Melissa and her work in this Q&A Blog»

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Vibrant Programs

Professor Paul Kline

Re-Imagining Diversity

The Boston College School of Social Work made a historic commitment to infuse cross-cultural training into every single course.  More about Re-Imagining Diversity »

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International Applicants

International applicants bring a diversity of new ideas and fresh perspectives to the classroom and personify the global reach and impact of our international programs.

Application Form

Please note that the zip code field does not work if you provide an international address. Please add your zip code or postal code to Address Line 1 or Address Line 2 on the application form. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number, DO NOT enter one on the application. You will be assigned an Eagle ID number (Boston College student ID number) to use to identify your other application materials. This Eagle ID number will allow you to access the Application Status website to check the status of your application materials and to submit the online application fee. Please use the same last name or surname on everything you submit to the Boston College School of Social Work.

Application Fee

Acceptable payment methods include check, money order, or bank draft in U.S. dollars drawn on an American bank. You may also pay online with a credit card. If someone in the United States is paying the fee for you, please make sure your name is on the check.


Submit official academic records (transcripts or mark-sheets) for each year of post-secondary education (college or university), as well as official copies of the degrees you have been awarded. Copies of credentials must be validated by a school administrative officer such as a registrar or an official of the issuing institution, and must be attached to a certified (notarized) English translation.

Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)

Students who speak a native language other than English must provide evidence of proficiency. A minimum score of 100 on the iBT (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The minimum score for the PhD program is 100. The BCSSW School Code is 5939 and BCSSW Department Code is 95.

You can obtain application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consulates, USIA Centers, and TOEFL centers overseas by writing to TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, NJ 08541, USA, or by going to

Please note that we now accept the IELTS test as a substitute for the TOEFL with a score of 7.5 or above. Official score reports should be mailed to the address listed on the application instructions page.

The TOEFL/IELTS is not required if:

  • you are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean;
  • you earned your prior college or university degree in the U.S. or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above;
  • you are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. degree-granting program or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above and will have completed two academic years of college or university work before beginning your studies at Boston College.

Visa Authorization and Finances

All applicants, including international applicants, are considered for department-based scholarships.  You will be notified of any scholarship award along with your admission decision. Before a certificate of eligibility for the F-1 or J-1 Visa can be issued, a Confidential Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) of international applicants must be submitted to certify that you have sufficient funds to cover the rest of your educational and living expenses while attending Boston College. This form will be sent to you by the BCSSW Office of Admissions within a few weeks of receipt of your enrollment response form. Provided this documentation is in order, Boston College will issue a Certificate of Eligibility Form (Form I-20 for an F-1 Student Visa or a Form DS2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa) for the student's use in obtaining a Visa. 

Boston College's Office of International Students and Scholars serves over 1,000 international students, faculty, and research scholars from more than 98 countries. The office will advise you regarding your pre- and post-arrival needs and provide valuable orientation and social programs.