Prospective Students

Degree Programs

Combining high quality and dynamic programming with an affordable price, the University at Buffalo School of Social Work offers doctoral and masters degree programs of unparalleled value.

PhD in Social Welfare

Our doctoral degree program focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to critical social problems, with the ability to develop a unique, individualized course of study that utilizes the extensive resources of the university to meet your specific needs and interests.

Visit the profiles of our current PhD students and faculty to see the wide range of scholarship taking place at the UB School of Social Work.

Masters of Social Work (MSW)

Our highly ranked MSW program integrates a trauma-informed and human rights perspective as a transformational lens to focus your social work policy and practice. Students create a flexible and individualized advanced year curriculum, building on the core of their foundation year courses. The entire curriculum is rooted in an evidence-based practice approach to social work. For this reason, all students learn the critical skills to evaluate their practice in their foundation year.

Our Field Education program offers opportunities for specialized training and the ability to complete field education requirements outside of the region and internationally.

MSW program options include advanced standing, full time, and part time (seated and online) study. Joint and dual degrees are available in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences (BA/MSW), Law School (JD/MSW), School of Management (MBA/MSW), and the School of Public Health and Health Professions (MPH/MSW).

Student performance is assessed on an ongoing basis, and data are compiled annually. Students also assess the MSW program. Review our Master of Social Work Program Assessment Results.