Accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education, Binghamton University's master of social work (MSW) program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. Our mission is to prepare social workers for autonomous, knowledge-based, advanced generalist practice within an integrated community of scholars, practitioners and learners.
Students in the program acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to address the needs of families, individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Binghamton University is committed to education that furthers social and economic justice, as well as to developing professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, multicultural and increasingly global society.
Graduate Degrees Offered
- MSW - Master's in Social Work
Standard Admission Requirements
The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.
To be eligible, you must have and provide:
- A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
- Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.
- Minimum of 24 credit hours (undergraduate) in the liberal arts and sciences, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology)
- Paid or volunteer experience related to human services
All applicants must submit the following:
- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those with whom you have worked in an academic, professional, volunteer or work-related capacity
- The MSW program has a special letter of recommendation form that must be used to evaluate MSW applicants. Use the Letter of Recommendation for MSW form. Please download and save the form to the computer first, before beginning to fill out the form. Then, open the file from the computer and enter text. Please do not use the version that opens in the web browser.
- If you are a college student or a recent graduate, one letter must be from a college instructor.
- If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.
- Personal statement (6-8 pages)
- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Include paid or volunteer experience related to human services.
- A signed copy of the Social Work Contract
- By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of social work as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
- Review the Code of Ethics before signing the contract.
- A signed copy of the Certification of Information
- The GRE is not required
And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.
Brian Flynn, Director of Admissions and Student Services
Amy Edwards, Department Secretary
Department of Social Work website
College of Community and Public Affairs