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

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 coursework is delivered entirely online. Unless you choose to take advanced electives offered on campus only.

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 placements, the University at Buffalo’s field placement staff match students to agency sites that are within their geographic location.

Students can complete the 35-credit Advanced Standing track over the course of one and a half years of part-time study. The traditional standing track can be completed in three years. Admission to the advanced standing track requires completion of a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program and a minimum 3.0 overall and social work specific GPA.

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: UB 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 synchronous/asynchronous 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

Program Information – Traditional Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Online Program
  • Phone Number: (716) 645-3381

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 900 hours (two field placements: 420 hours, 480 hours)
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-time only
  • Program Length: Program that takes three years to complete (nine semesters)
  • Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA unspecified
  • GRE Information: Not required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Online Program – Advanced Standing
  • Phone Number: (716) 645-3381

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 480 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 35 credit hours

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-time only
  • Program Length: Program that takes one and a half 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 six years
  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall and social work specific)
  • GRE Information: Not required

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The University at Buffalo SUNY's MSW program information was last updated in March 2020. For more information, visit the university's website above.

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