Our students benefit from a collaborative environment, experienced faculty, and customized programs in a school ranked in the top 12 percent of nationally ranked schools of social work. A medium-sized professional school within the largest and most comprehensive research university in the State University of New York system, the UB School of Social Work is positioned in a diverse learning community to offer flexible academic programming, meeting the unique interests and career goals of our students.

As a public institution, the University at Buffalo offers a world-class education at an affordable price. Tuition for New York State residents is one third to one quarter the tuition at most private schools. Tuition for nonresident students is less than half that of most private schools and a number of state schools. Plus, tuition scholarships, research stipends, and other means of financial support may be available to qualified students.

We invite you to explore our curriculum and programs!

PhD in Social Welfare - Pursue a career in social work research through an interdisciplinary, individualized program with tracks for students who already have an MSW and/or BSW and those new to social work.

Master in Social Work (MSW) - One of the most flexible of all professional degrees, the MSW allows students to become prepared for advanced practice in a number of specialties. Available for full time and part time study. The part time study has seated and online (see below) modality options.

Master in Social Work (MSW) Online - This part time MSW degree program includes online and hybrid courses, along with field placements in your region.

Master in Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing - Applicants with a bachelor degree in social work may be eligible to apply for advanced standing.

Dual Degree - Interdisciplinary degree programs are offered in collaboration with other graduate and undergraduate disciplines at the University at Buffalo.

Non-degree - "Non-matriculated" status is a great way to strengthen an application and start earning graduate credit!

Online and Other Elective Courses - A variety of elective courses are offered each fall, spring, and summer semester. Courses can be taken for graduate credit and include seated, hybrid, and fully online options.

Office of Continuing Education – An array of non-credit workshops, training programs, and advanced-practice certificate programs build professional competence and expertise.


Living Proof: School Viewbook - A collection of MSW and PhD program and curriculum details with insightful perspectives from our alumni.