University at Buffalo - The State University of New York Online MSW Programs

University at Buffalo (SUNY) offers a part-time traditional standing and advanced standing online MSW program with a concentration in evidence-based practice with trauma-informed and human rights perspectives. The program’s Foundation coursework is delivered entirely online, while many of the Advanced courses are also available online. Students have the ability to design their advanced year of study based on their academic and professional goals. As all of the Foundation courses are delivered 100% online, and many advanced courses are also offered entirely online, many students are able to design a program that does not require them to make any trips to campus; however, this may not always be the case, and depending on their selected advanced courses students may have to travel to campus for parts of the term.

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Traditional standing students must complete 60 credit hours and 900 hours of field practicum (divided into one 420-hour foundational practicum and one 480-hour advanced practicum), while advanced standing students complete 35 credit hours and 480 hours of field practicum. For foundational placements, the University at Buffalo’s field placement staff match students to an agency site that is within their geographic location; for their advanced practicum, students select an agency site that matches their academic and career goals.

The Traditional Standing Track

Traditional standing students can complete the full 60-credit program through three years of part-time study. The foundational classes within the traditional standing track include courses such as Theories of Human Behavior and Development, Scientific Methods in Social Work, Diversity and Oppression, Theories of Organizational Behavior and Development, Interventions I and II, and Perspectives on Trauma and Human Rights.

After completing their foundational coursework, students are able to select from a variety of Advanced Interventions Courses, Advanced Topic Analysis Courses, and Electives. Examples of online Advanced Interventions Courses include Social Action for Community Change, Interventions with Families, Interventions with Groups, Interventions with Adults, and Crisis Intervention. Advanced Topic Analysis Courses that are offered online include Aging Populations and Their Families, Community Social Work, Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, Advanced Policy Development and Analysis, and Dual Disorders. Elective classes offered online include Trauma Theory and Treatment, Psychopathology, Addiction and the Family, and Behavior Disorders of Childhood.

Students start their foundational field practicum during their second year of part-time study, completing 420 hours of on-site work over the course of two semesters. In their third year, students complete an advanced field practicum that requires them to complete 480 hours over the course of two semesters.

The Advanced Standing Track

Students can complete the 35-credit Advanced Standing track over the course of two years of part-time study. Advanced standing students complete one 480-hour field practicum over the course of two semesters during their second year of study. Admission to the advanced standing track requires completion of a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program within the last six years.

The University at Buffalo’s (SUNY) online MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).


University at Buffalo – The State University of New York Online MSW Programs: Overview

Department: School of Social Work
Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing
Concentrations: Evidence-based practice with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective

Program Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model – all foundation level courses are offered online and several advanced year study courses are also available online, depending on the electives chosen, students can complete the degree with 100% online classes
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Program Information – Traditional Students

Program Overview
Program Name: MSW Online Program
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (716) 645-3381

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 hours (two field placements: 420 hours, 480 hours)
Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program that takes 3 years to complete (nine semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview
Program Name: MSW Online Program – Advanced Standing
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (716) 645-3381

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 480 hours
Number of Credits Required: 35 credit hours needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program that takes 2 years to complete (five semesters)
Program Start Dates: Spring admission only

Admission Requirements
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program within the last 6 years
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school