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Boston University School of Social Work

City Year is proud to partner with Boston University School of Social Work, a leading graduate school focused on producing social workers who possess excellent skills and know how to practice within a variety of contexts, offering scholarships to accepted full-time students.

Boston University School of Social Work offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

50%-100% scholarships

Boston University School of Social Work will award a 100% tuition scholarship to one City Year applicant per year and 50% tuition scholarships to up to two City Year applicants per year for the full-time, on-campus Master of Social Work program.

Off-campus and online program applicants are ineligible due to the part-time structure of these program options.

The scholarship is renewable in the second year of the program for students who remain in good academic standing.

The scholarship is awarded to a City Year AmeriCorps member or alum who completed at least one term of service or a City Year staff member employed for at least two years.

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: Admitted students may defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting their studies. Accepted applicants awarded a scholarship who defer enrollment are not guaranteed the scholarship in the next admission cycle but may re-apply.

Why City Year loves Boston University School of Social Work

Boston University’s School of Social Work is a dynamic graduate program, offering Master of Social Work, Ph.D. and dual degree programs and specializations as well as continuing professional education. Its vision is to advance a just and compassionate society that promotes health and well-being and the empowerment of all systemically under-resourced groups, especially those affected by racial, social and economic inequities. The School of Social Work’s mission is to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders and scholars through rigorous teaching, innovative research and transformative community engagement.

To apply

Please visit the School of Social Work’s admissions website to apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

To verify your City Year affiliation, please check the “City Year” box on the online application.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, you will need to request a service verification letter by emailing with “BU School of Social Work: Service Verification Letter Request” in the subject line. Within the email, include your service site and dates of service. Once you receive your service verification letter, you should email the letter, along with your applicant ID number (a.k.a. CAS ID) that’s found on the top right of your application, to the School of Social Work’s admissions team at

Once those materials are received, the admissions office will approve the application fee waiver and submit it to the application process center, which will update your applicant account. Please send your fee waiver request at least one week prior to the application deadline.

To contact the admissions office

Please email any admissions questions to the School of Social Work’s admissions office at

For questions about scholarships, please contact Ina Frye, senior financial aid manager, at

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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