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What will I learn?

Evaluating social issues, affecting policy and improving practice -- it's how social researchers help to grow social knowledge. Our MSW/PhD program prepares ambitious social justice advocates for a career in conducting research of consequence.

Course of Study Options

We offer two program tracks:

The Advanced Standing track for students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).

The Traditional track for students without a BSW.

You will first earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in a program rooted in evidence-based practice and trauma-informed and human rights perspectives before moving on to the advanced analysis and research opportunities of the PhD program.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Work

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$22,210.00 per year
USD $22,210 /year for Master program; USD $23,100 /year for PhD; This is general fee for regular master and MBA degree and is offered as a guide
Application deadline

Expected February 2022

Start date

Expected June, August 2022


University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,


New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited institution.
Minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate liberal arts coursework. Of those 24 credits:

6 must be in the social or behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science).
6 must be in the arts or humanities (e.g., history, English, foreign languages, philosophy, ethnic/gender studies).
12 credits may be made up with any combination of the above or with courses from the natural sciences or mathematics.

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 preferred.

The minimum accepted scores are:

TOEFL iBT®, 90
IELTS, 7.5
PTE Academic, 61

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.