Application Process and
Admissions Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the MSW program!

Students may apply for full-time or part-time study. Students who are applying to the MPA-MSW dual-degree program must submit two applications: one for the MSW program and one for the MPA program.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate studies that include a minimum of 24 credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in the social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science)
  • Paid or volunteer experience related to human services

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically at one time:

  • Online graduate degree application
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
    • Include paid or volunteer experience related to human services.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those you know in an academic, professional, volunteer or work-related capacity
    • If you are a college student or have recently graduated, one letter must be from a college instructor.
    • If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.
  • A completed copy of the Social Work Contract (available in the online application)
  • NOTE: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not a requirement for application to the MSW program.

For complete application instructions, visit the Graduate School website.

Additional Admissions Requirements
for International Students

We value and welcome the diverse perspectives and experiences international students bring to our MSW program. International students must meet all of the above requirements and submit some additional documentation, including proof of English proficiency. For information about the additional admissions requirements, please refer to the International Students section of the Graduate School website. Please submit the application as early as possible, as the application may require special evaluation.

Application Deadlines

The MSW program accepts applications for fall admission only. The deadline for applications is February 1. Applicants will then be required to participate in group or individual interviews. 

We look forward to receiving your application! 

Note on Conduct, Convictions and Licensure

Applicants should be aware that some states, such as New York State, may restrict or deny professional licensure for people with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions or actions taken against them by a professional organization. Any student with questions on any of these situations would benefit from consulting with their state's licensing board before submitting an application. The application will be subject to a more rigorous review by both the Graduate School and the Department of Social Work Graduate Admissions Committee.

Applicants should also be aware that students admitted to the program are required to satisfactorily complete one or two field placements in order to graduate. Students must obtain malpractice insurance before they are placed with field agencies. The insurance agency requires disclosure of personal information, including convictions, and may or may not issue insurance coverage. Field agencies also require personal information and conduct background checks. While the Department of Social Work will work diligently to arrange placements for students, agencies have the right to refuse placements.

Therefore, the Department of Social Work cannot guarantee field placements during the program or licensure upon completion of the program.

Last Updated: 9/7/16