School of Social Work

Driving Social Change

Mission Statement

At Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW), our mission is to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars through rigorous teaching, innovative research, and transformative community engagement. We strive to advance a just and compassionate society that promotes health and well-being and the empowerment of all oppressed groups, especially those affected by racial, social, and economic inequalities.

Our faculty are at the forefront of practice, research, and training with diverse populations in areas such as:

  • Aging?and gerontology
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Communities, policies, and practice
  • Disability
  • Health and public health social work
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Mental health
  • Refugees and immigrants
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide prevention
  • Trauma

Students take advanced coursework to develop and deepen their competence according to their special interests and talents, and?major in either clinical or macro social work practice.

The Boston University School of Social Work offers full- and part-time options to earn a Master of Social Work degree as well as a PhD in Social Work. The school is located on BU’s Charles River Campus in Boston, with Off-Campus Program sites in Bedford, Fall River, Cape Cod, and Worcester, MA. A part-time Online Program is also available.

Diversity in Student Population

BUSSW is dedicated to nurturing students with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds; students with disabilities; students of all gender and sexual identities; and students of various ages and life experience.

An emphasis is placed on the recruitment of students of color. Scholarships earmarked for students of color have provided important support for this effort.

There is also a special scholarship for students with disabilities—the Wendy Carol Byers Memorial Scholarship. To assist with its recruitment programs for students with disabilities, all of the school’s sites are wheelchair accessible. The staff also works closely with the Boston University Disability & Access Services office to provide appropriate support for students.


Boston University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six nationally recognized accrediting agencies. In addition, the MSW degree program at the Boston University School of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).