Welcome to the Boston College School of Social Work, and congratulations on your acceptance. You’re joining an esteemed academic community devoted to pioneering social work education, research, and practice that improves the lives of the most vulnerable.
We’re committed to supporting your success—in school and beyond.
Scholars in social work, public health, neuroscience, epidemiology, and sociology, as well as practicing clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and nonprofit directors—all dedicated to preparing you to create sustainable change.
In addition to your clinical or macro studies, pursue up to two certificates and choose five electives from more than 50 elective course offerings. Our deep relationships with 1,000+ field agency partners in Greater Boston and around the world give you a critical advantage for professional training.
We offer a Global Practice field of practice for students interested in working in humanitarian aid or international development. Students can also join the Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Initiative or participate in the EJI certificate program, which prepares social workers to direct equity, justice, and inclusion programs at colleges, public agencies, and private companies. The School of Social Work also offers the Latinx Leadership Initiative for students who want to serve this population in the U.S. or abroad and the Black Leadership Initiative, which provides one-of-a-kind professional development through a curriculum that focuses on an Afrocentric approach to social work practice.
Enjoy lifetime access to more than 8,000 BCSSW and 182,000 Boston College graduates in 120 countries.
Take the following steps to enroll and matriculate at BCSSW.
We hope very much that you will be matriculating at BCSSW. At the time of acceptance, we require a NON-REFUNDABLE $200 deposit to reserve your place in the program. Please submit your deposit within three weeks of the receipt of your acceptance letter. The deposit will be credited to your first semester’s tuition.
To inform us of your enrollment decision, please complete the following steps:
Please note: Full-time Boston College employees and international students are not required to submit a deposit; however we ask that they complete the online deposit form for our records.
Boston College School of Social Work offers a wide range of scholarships, stipends, and assistantships, which all applicants are considered for during the admission process; no additional application is required.
To apply for federal aid or additional support from the University, please visit the Office of Student Services' website for a step-by-step guide on graduate financial aid, including information on completing the FAFSA.
For the 2021-2022 year, graduate students who are applying for federal financial aid must complete the new Graduate Student (Non-Law) Enrollment Form. The form is now available on our website bc.edu/gradaid. Go to "Applying for Aid" to get started.
NOTE: Advanced Standing students matriculating in June and Two-Year Students should complete the Field Education Application upon acceptance and deposit. Advanced Standing students matriculating in January will submit their applications in early fall.
As part of the placement process, your resume will be provided to agency personnel to review your experience and qualifications before a placement interview is scheduled.
Note: Please see the timeline for when the field application will be available for your program:
Summer Advanced Standing Students: February 1
Two-Year Students: March 1
Three-Year Students: You will receive notification from the field education department on when to begin.
Spring Advanced Standing Students: October 1
The New MSW Students Registration Guide has been developed to assist you with fall registration and planning ahead for the spring semester. Fall registration for new two- and three-year students will open on Monday, June 7, at 9 a.m. New advanced standing students should reference the guide for registration information.
Official copies of all transcripts reviewed for admission must be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation no later than July 1.
Official transcripts may be sent electronically or in hard copy. Hard copy official transcripts must be in signed/sealed envelopes from each institution. Electronic transcripts submitted via document management services such as Scrip-Safe may be sent to email@example.com. All documents in languages other than English should include a certified English translation in addition to the original language document.
Accepted applicants may send official transcripts to:
Boston College School of Social Work
McGuinn Hall, Admissions 221
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
In order to begin your studies at BCSSW, your health history and immunization records are required.
New Students FAQs cover a range of topics related to getting started at Boston College and the School of Social Work, from student ID cards to parking and transportation.
What is my Eagle-One card and how do I obtain it?
The Eagle-One Card is a multipurpose identification and debit account card that is the official ID card of Boston College. It will be accepted and function at most University-run facilities throughout your stay at Boston College. Students must keep this card available at all times in order to obtain access to residence halls, computer labs, libraries, and the Flynn Recreation Complex.
All University students, staff and faculty (and their spouses, if desired) are issued Eagle-One Cards through the Office of Student Services. Proof of identification such as a driver's license or passport must be presented in order to be issued an Eagle-One Card.
The initial fee for an Eagle-One Card is $45 and will be automatically billed to your student account.
Do I have to purchase the Boston College student medical insurance coverage?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates that all students attending colleges and universities in the state be required to have medical insurance coverage. Students not covered through their own personal policy must be included in the plan offered by their college or university.
See medical insurance rates, waivers, and more information from Boston College Student Services.
When do I register for classes?
Fall registration for new students opens in early June. You are encouraged to register early since all sections have a maximum of 20 students per class, and some sections close quickly. There are sufficient sections to accommodate demand.
What courses do I register for?
Please return to this page in the coming months to view updated curriculum plans for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Do I need to register for Field Education?
All students in the Two-Year program must register for SCWK 9921 50 for the fall semester.
How do I register?
Please return to this page in the coming months to view the New MSW Students Registration Guide. This guide will assist you with fall registration and planning ahead for the spring semester.
In looking over the schedule of courses I noticed that there are only 10 minutes between classes. If I take two classes back to back, is that enough time to get from one class to another?
If taking two classes in a row is the best schedule for you, you will not encounter any difficulties. If the classes are not in the same building, it is only a very short walk between buildings.
How often do classes meet?
All classes are held once a week for two hours. Classes meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
How do I know I’ve registered successfully?
Go to the BC Agora Portal and view Course History.
Will I be assigned an Advisor?
Yes, all students are assigned an Advisor. You will be notified of your Advisor's name and contact information before classes begin.
In addition, you can seek academic advice from staff in the BCSSW Advising Center.
When can I expect to hear about my field placement?
The first step in the field placement process is completion of the Field Education Application. Once your application is received, it is assigned to a Field Education Assistant Director who will contact you and review your background and potential placement opportunities. You should expect to hear from one of the Field Education Assistant Director within two weeks of submitting your application. If you haven't been contacted within two weeks, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your message to the appropriate Field Education Assistant Director.
Will I have the opportunity to visit the field placement prior to the start of the semester?
All students are advised to have a face-to-face interview with their field supervisor prior to the confirmation of the field placement. Students who live at a distance or out of the country usually have a phone or email interview.
Which days of the week do I go to my field placement?
Field placements for first year students generally are Mondays and Tuesdays during normal agency business hours.
When will I learn more about what’s expected of me in field placement?
See the Field Education section for more information about Field Education Orientation and your placement.
When should I purchase my textbooks?
A listing of fall semester required texts is available in Canvas, an e-learning system that complements classroom instruction. Canvas needs no special tools or installation other than your normal internet browser. All required textbooks can be purchased through the Boston College Bookstore. Some textbooks are available for rental.
What is the tuition rate and can I expect to receive financial aid from the School of Social Work?
See tuition rates and fees from Boston College Student Services. BC Social Work provides many students with tuition remission in the form of scholarships.
In order to receive consideration by either the University and/or the School of Social Work, applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Boston College Graduate Financial Aid Application with the University's Student Services Financial Aid Office. Students eligible for merit scholarships will be notified directly by the School of Social Work. No additional application is required.
Can I pay my tuition bill by credit card?
Boston College does not accept credit cards for payment of tuition and fees. The University does offer a web-based option which allows you to make payments directly from your checking account. Please have a copy of your check available to obtain the necessary routing numbers for completing the transaction. There is no fee for the service unless your request is denied. In that case, normal return check fines apply. You may access this secure service 24 hours a day at BC Agora Portal.
If I am accepted as a student in the Three-Year Program and begin classes in September, can I switch to the Two-Year Program after a semester or more?
No. Once you are accepted and begin classes as a student in the Three-Year Program, you must follow that curriculum. A four-year option is available.
If I am accepted into the Two-Year Program and begin classes in September, can I switch to the Three-Year Program after a semester or more?
Yes. You can modify your program of study by reducing your course load for future semesters. All fall course registrations must be finalized by the Drop/Add deadline.
Where can I find information about off-campus housing?
The Boston College Office of Residential Life has an Off-Campus Housing Office.
Join us online for an opportunity to learn about our field education process, hear from Clinical and Macro faculty, and have your questions answered by SSW stafff. All accepted first year students are welcome to attend one of the dates. Information on how to RSVP will be sent directly to students. For planning, the dates and times are:
• Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST
• Thursday, February 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST
• Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST
• Thursday, April 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST