Admitted Students


Welcome, Admitted Students

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.

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Collaborate with renowned faculty who challenge and support you

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.

Customize your education in the classroom and in the field to achieve your goals

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. 

Learn to engage diversity and difference in practice

We offer a Global Practice field of practice for students interested in working in humanitarian aid or international development, as well as a Latinx Leadership Initiative for students who want to serve this population in the U.S. or abroad.

Connect with our loyal alumni network

Enjoy lifetime access to more than 8,000 BCSSW and 182,000 Boston College graduates in 120 countries.


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Take the following steps to enroll and matriculate at BCSSW. 

Inform Us of Your Enrollment Decision

Step 1

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:

  1. Update the SSW Admission Response Form.
  2. Click the link to submit payment of your deposit.

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.

Begin the Financial Aid Process

Step 2

(Upon Acceptance/Deposit)

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.

We can also help you identify outside sources for scholarships, fellowships, and grants (BC password required), as well as assistantships and employment opportunities.

Complete Field Education Application

Step 3

(Upon Acceptance/Deposit)

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.


  1. Before you begin, please have an electronic copy of your latest resume in Microsoft Word accessible.
  2. Review the Field Placement Information Sheet (PDF), which includes important considerations about the matching process and agency assignments. This sheet is also posted on the first page of the application.
  3. Log in to the application (see “Begin the Field Placement Application” link below). Answer all questions in the application, upload your resume, and click "Submit" before you log out or your answers will be lost.
  4. After you finish and submit the form, you will be e-mailed a confirmation receipt.
  5. You may log back in to your application to edit and/or upload a new resume.

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.

For more information, visit our Field Education page. If you have questions, please contact the Field Education department at or 617-552-4027.

Begin the Field Placement Application

Register for Classes

Step 4

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 1, at 9:00 a.m. Advanced Standing Students should reference the guide at the link below for registration information. 

View the Registration Guide     

First-Year Student Only Fall 2020 Schedule 

Send Official Transcripts

Step 5

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 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

Submit Health History and Immunizations Forms

Step 6

Due August 1

In order to begin your studies at BCSSW, your health history and immunization records are required. 

Submit Health History and Immunization Forms





Review New Student FAQs

Step 7

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?
The curriculum plans are available in the New MSW Students Course Planning & Registration Guide (PDF).

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?
You can register online. Registration directions are available in the New MSW Students Course Planning & Registration Guide (PDF) and U-View information pages.

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.

If I encounter a problem with registration, whom do I contact?
Teresa Schirmer, Associate Dean of Student Experience, or Liz Cinquino, Director of Student Services and Advising, can assist you.

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 Jillian Pellegrini and she 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.

Save the Dates

BCSSW Virtual Orientation Dates:

All incoming first year students will need to attend one of the dates. We are offering three to provide more flexibility. In August, admitted students will also have access to a Canvas site that will provide comprehensive information for getting acclimated to BCSSW and all of the support and services offered to students. Information on how to RSVP will be sent directly to students. For planning, the dates and times are:

• Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, September 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, September 1, 2 to 3:30 p.m.


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