Online MSW Part Time Program: Program Overview

The Online Part Time MSW Program offers students a unique opportunity to complete the MSW part-time degree in three years, with over 50% or more of the courses available online or hybrid. The remaining courses will be offered seated. All field placements will be developed in the student's home region. This 60 credit hour program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Unique to our highly ranked MSW program, is an integrated trauma-informed and human rights perspective, offering a transformational lens to focus on social work policy and practice. The entire curriculum is rooted in an evidence-based practice approach to social work. Building on the core of foundation courses over the first five semesters, part time students have the ability to create an individualized advanced curriculum (the last four semesters).

Please note, that this degree program will require travel to the Buffalo, NY campus. The amount of travel will depend upon the individual student's course selection. Part-time online MSW students will have priority into any of the online and hybrid delivery courses being offered. However, not all required or elective courses are available in an online or hybrid format. Students may chose at any time to register for a seated course section. The Course of Study outlines which courses are delivered online, hybrid, and seated. 

Students in this part time program complete two field placements. A minimum of 420 hours is required for the first field placement, and a minimum of 480 hours for the second field placement, for a total of 900 hours, as required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Each field placement is two semesters long and will average 15 hours a week during the academic year.

Important to Know

  • Applicants residing 50 or more miles from the University at Buffalo north campus, and International applicants, will be given priority consideration for the Online MSW Part Time Program.
  • Applicants interested in working in the field of addictions will have the most online and hybrid course selection.
  • Successful students in online degree programs tend to have strong skills in oral and written communications as well as time management.

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