There are several options in Boston, Massachusetts, for potential graduate students of social work to pursue an education. Boston College offers both Master and Doctoral degrees of social work as well as dual degrees and several different concentrations. For those pursuing a Master of Social Work degree (MSW), students can choose one of four concentrations, including Children, Youth, and Families; Global Practice; Health and Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families. Students must also complete several days each week in a field placement setting, where they learn practical social work skills in a realistic setting.
The typical MSW student completes his or her course of study in two years; there are also options for a one year, three year, and four year course of study depending on the student’s educational background in social work and work schedule. Dual degree opportunities include integrating the MSW degree with an MBA, JD, or MA in Pastoral Ministry degree. Students may also participate in the combined MSW/PhD program in which they can earn both degrees in less time than it would take to finish each degree separately. The Boston College PhD in Social Work program focuses on assisting students in developing expertise in a specific area and prepares those students for a career in scholarly research. PhD students must write and defend a dissertation at the end of their academic studies. (more…)