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Welcome from Paul Kline

Paul Kline

In this video, Professor of Clinical Practice Paul Kline welcomes you to our school, and to a crossroads in your life where you may be considering social work as a profession. Hear from Professor Kline about our commitment at BC Social Work to train social workers to not only know what to do in daily practice, but also, to forge leaders who know how to see beyond barriers towards effecting change in the communities that surround us. Watch »

BCSSW Students Reflect on 'Why Social Work?'

'Why Social Work?'

It is always a a good time to reflect on where we are in our lives, and where we would like to go. Members of the BCSSW Macro Social Work Student Group gathered to do just this, in a new workshop convened by Professors Tiziana Dearing and Margaret Lombe entitled "Remembering Your Why." Read more on the Blog »


Apply to the MSW Program



Application Deadlines

Advanced Standing Program & Transfer Students
January 15, 2019 for an admissions decision by March 15, 2019

2-Year, Full-Time Program and 3-Year, Part Time Program

Early Application Deadline
December 1, 2018, for an early decision by February 15, 2019

Priority Deadline

January 15, 2019, for an admissions decision by March 15, 2019

Application Deadline

March 1, 2019 for an admissions decision by April 30, 2019

Application for Fall 2019 is now open. Apply Now




Application Materials

Request an information packet.

Two- and three-year program enrollment begins in September only. We begin reviewing completed applications in January for all programs.

Qualified candidates greatly outnumber the spaces available, so we recommend applying as early as possible. Our application instructions will help guide you through the process.

Academic Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a broad liberal arts background with at least 20 semester hours in the social, behavioral, and/or biological sciences.
  • A strong undergraduate record demonstrating the ability to complete graduate education. No standardized tests are required; however, non-traditional transcripts or junior/senior GPAs below 3.0 may be strengthened with the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). BCSSW School Code is 3219 and BCSSW Department Code is 5199.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose first language is not English. TOEFL should be taken no later than the October prior to the year in which admission is sought. BCSSW School Code is 5939 and BCSSW Department Code is 95. The IELTS test can be substituted with a score of 7.5 or above. An official score report should be mailed to the address below.
  • The Admissions Committee attaches particular importance to knowledge of current social issues. Professional or volunteer experience in human services is considered; however, academic credit is not given for life or previous work experience.


An interview is not required but may be requested by the Admissions Committee. An informational interview with the Director of Admissions may be scheduled by calling the Admissions office at 617-552-4024 or emailing

Information Sessions

Information Sessions are offered during the fall and winter on campus.

International Applicants

The school is proud to welcome students from all over the world. Recent incoming classes have included students from the Philippines, Uganda, Mexico, Ireland, Nepal, Nigeria, Japan, Laos, Poland, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Early application is encouraged in order to meet deadlines for visa processing, travel and housing arrangements, and University orientation.

For more information on applying as an international student, visit the International Applicants page.

Contact Us

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