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University Partnership: Boston University School of Social Work
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City Year is proud to partner with the 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 one 100% tuition scholarship and two 50% scholarships to accepted full-time students.


The Boston University School of Social Work is a dynamic graduate program, offering MSW, PhD, and dual degree programs, specializations as well as continuing professional education.

Our vision is to advance a just and compassionate society that promotes health and well-being and the empowerment of all oppressed groups, especially those affected by racial, social, and economic inequities.

Our mission is to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars through rigorous teaching, innovative research, and transformative community engagement.

Our commitments are to:

  • Develop visionary social work practitioners who use effective clinical, community, and policy methods to enhance strengths in urban and other contexts
  • Promote equity, especially in the area of health, through high-impact prevention and intervention research and scholarship, characterized by trans-disciplinary and inter-professional collaborations
  • Advance graduate social work education through innovative instructional methods and promotion of life-long learning
  • Further social justice through local, national, and global partnerships and service that value community capacities and expertise

Benefits offered by Boston University School of Social Work

Scholarship Amount

(1) 100% tuition scholarship     

(2) 50% tuition scholarships 

Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually       


Application Fee Waiver



Eligibility & Additional Info

  • 50% - 100% Tuition Scholarship . The award for Boston University School of Social Work full-time MSW students will be equal to 100% of tuition for up to one City Year corps member, alumna/us or staff member per year or 50% of tuition for up to two City Year corps members, alumna/us or staff members per year.

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

  • Scholarship awarded to a City Year corps member or alumni for at least one year of service or a City Year staff member employed for at least two years. 

  • Applicants to the Full-Time MSW Program are eligible to apply for our City Year scholarship opportunities. (Off-Campus and Online Program applicants are ineligible due to the part-time structure of these program options.)

  • Admitted students may defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time 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.

To Apply

  • Click here to access Boston University School of Social Work's admissions website and apply online for admission and financial aid.

  • Deadline:  Please see the Boston University School of Social Work website for deadline details.

  • To obtain your application fee waiver: Applicants will need to request a service verification letter by emailing with "BU School of School of Social Work - Service Verification Letter Request" in the subject line. Once they have the verification of service verification letter, they should email the letter along with their Applicant ID # (a.k.a. CAS ID), found on the top right of their application, to the Admissions Officer, Cilicia Rios, at Once those materials are received, the admissions office will approve the fee waiver and submit it to the application process center who will update the applicant's account.

  • To verify your City Year affiliation:
    • Please check the City Year box on the online application.

    For questions about our scholarships, please contact our Senior Manager for Financial Aid, Ina Frye at

To Contact the Admissions Office


City Year National Service Scholars                                                                
Erika Gaitan '13
MSW Boston University School of Social Work '15

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Daniel Do ’11 
MSW Boston University School of Social Work '13

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Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni 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.