Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

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Boston College
Graduate School of Social Work
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Established 1936[1]
Academic staff Total: 94
(27 full-time / 67 adjunct)[2]
Students 516[2]
Postgraduates 481
Doctoral students 35
Location Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA
Affiliations Boston College
Website School of Social Work
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Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is a professional degree program located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts near the city of Boston.[3] Currently ranked #10 by U.S. News and World Reports, it is the highest ranked academic program at Boston College and the highest ranked Catholic school of social work in the United States.[2][4][5] Over 7,000 alumni serve as practitioners in social service agencies, policymakers, academics, and researchers throughout the United States and across the globe.[6]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty, students, research centers, and institutes conduct innovative work in understanding and addressing critical social issues.[7]

Academic Programs[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers three professional degrees: Masters of Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare, and several dual degrees.[8]

Masters of Social Work Program (MSW)[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers a two-year program and a three- or four-year program.[9][10] The Masters of Social Work program offers students the option of four field-of-practice concentrations areas:[9]

  • Children, Youth & Families
  • Global Practice
  • Health & Mental Health
  • Older Adults & Families

Along with their concentration areas, students select either Clinical or Macro practice.[11] The Clinical Program intervention method prepares students for a broad range of careers and focuses on direct service to those in need.[12] The Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership Program focuses on training future leaders of the public and social service sectors in the development of new ideas and directions for solving social problems, both creatively and effectively.[13][14]

The choice of concentration and intervention method combined with a five-elective curriculum plan allows students to customize their education to their professional and educational goals.[15][16]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers a Certificates Program within the MSW Program that gives students the opportunity to engage in concentrated study in subject-specific areas of social work practice and expertise, allowing for enhanced skill sets and practice options. Eight certificate options are offered on a space available basis for incoming students starting in Fall 2014 in the areas of Child Welfare; Latino Leadership; Neuroscience & Social Work; Policy & Community Organizing; Refugees & Immigrants; School Social Work; Trauma; and Veterans & Military Families. Certificate course offerings are subject to change each semester.[17]

Dual Degree Programs[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers four dual degree programs.[18]

  • Social Work & Law: MSW/JD[19][20]
  • Social Work & Business Administration: MSW/MBA[20][21]
  • Social Work & Pastoral Ministry: MSW/MA in Pastoral Ministry[20][22]
  • Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Social Work: BA/MSW[23]

Doctoral Program (PhD)[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers three separate PhD curriculums:[24]

  • PhD in Social Work: Designed to prepare doctoral students with both the training and expertise to be teachers, scholars, and researchers.[25]
  • MSW/PhD Program in Social Work: For students who have a master's degree but not a master's degree in social work, the combined MSW/PhD Program curriculum allows work toward both degrees simultaneously to finish in significantly less time than it takes to pursue each degree separately.[20][26]
  • PhD in Social Welfare: The International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare is a collaboration between the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and select Jesuit universities in Latin America. This program aims to cultivate scholars from Latin America who will further the development of Social Welfare in their home countries through research and teaching.[27]

Centers, Labs and Institutes[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's research centers, labs, and institutes are renowned for conducting groundbreaking work and providing critical services.[28][29]

The Center for Social Innovation promotes "innovation from within."[30] The mission is to foster effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice.[5]

The Hartford Center of Academic Excellence in Geriatric Social Work is committed to training future generations of social work practitioners and faculty, building bridges between academia and practitioners within the field, and providing leadership to utilize new research in shaping policy and practice.[31] Boston College was one of the first two universities to be designated as a Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work.[5][32]

The Immigrant Integration Lab is an applied research lab exploring the intersection of social work, social policy, and immigrant inclusion.[5][33]

The Institute on Aging provides an integrated framework for fundraising, research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination for three aging research centers at Boston College: The Sloan Center on Aging & Work, The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, and The Carroll School of Management's Center for Retirement Research.[5][34]

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services assists states, agencies, and organizations in offering participant-directed services to people with disabilities.[5][35]

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work focuses its research on helping the business community promote workplace flexibility and prepare for the opportunities and challenges associated with an aging workforce.[5][36]

Social Work Library[edit]

To facilitate learning and research, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is one of only a dozen schools of social work in the U.S. and the only one in New England to maintain its own Social Work Library.[5]

The Social Work Library contains over 41,000 volumes, 400 serial titles, and many audiovisual titles. The library also has access to hundreds of journal databases and over 23,000 electronic journals.[37]

Careers[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is one of only a few graduate social work programs to have its own Career Services office. In recent years, 95% of graduates have succeeded in finding jobs within the social work field within three months of the start of their job search.[6]

GSSW's network of over 7,000 alumni worldwide provides an invaluable resource for seeking career advice and making professional connections.[6]

History[edit]

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was founded in 1936 by Father Walter McGuinn, S.J.[1]

In 1979 the school began offering a Doctor of Social Work degree, which later was changed to a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work.

Originally located at 126 Newbury Street in Boston, the school moved to McGuinn Hall on Boston College's Chestnut Hill campus in 1968.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°20′01″N 71°10′11″W / 42.3337°N 71.1696°W / 42.3337; -71.1696

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "GSSW Quick Facts". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
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  11. ^ "GSSW MSW Practice Areas". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "GSSW Clinical Program". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Social Innovation as a Pathway to Social Justice". Ashoka U. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "GSSW Macro Practice Program". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "GSSW MSW Curriculum". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "25 Best Masters of Social Work Programs". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "GSSW Certificates Program". Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "GSSW MSW Dual Degrees". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "GSSW MSW/JD". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c d "CSWE Master’s Programs Offering Dual/Joint Degrees". Council on Social Work Education. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "GSSW MSW/MBA". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "GSSW MSW/MA". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "BC BA/MSW". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
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  25. ^ "GSSW PhD in Social Work". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "GSSW MSW/PhD Program". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  27. ^ "GSSW PhD in Social Welfare". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
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  30. ^ "About GSSW Center for Social Innovation". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "BC Hartford Center of Academic Excellence". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "The Gerontological Society of America". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  33. ^ "GSSW Immigrant Integration Lab". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
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  35. ^ "National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  36. ^ "Sloan Center for Aging & Work". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
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