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Students may apply for full-time or part-time study. Students interested in the 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
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least a B (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

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.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically at one time:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Personal statement (6-8 pages)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (maximum of 2 pages)
    • 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 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 (PDF, 600KB). 
    • 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.
  • A signed copy of the Social Work Contract (PDF, 100KB)
    • 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 Code of Ethics.
    • Review the Code of Ethics before signing the contract.
  • A signed copy of the Certification of Information (PDF, 1.3MB)

NOTE: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not a requirement for application to the program.

 For complete directions, visit the Graduate School website.

Additional Requirements for International Students

We value and welcome diverse perspectives and experiences international students bring to our program. Records of international applicants require special evaluation and therefore should be submitted as early as possible. For questions regarding English proficiency and the TOEFL or IELTS exams, financial documentation, and other requirements, please refer to the Admissions Requirements for International Students posted by the Graduate School. International students must also follow all of the above requirements.

Note about 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. Students with questions on any of these situations would benefit from consulting with their state's licensing board before submitting an application for admission. The application will be subject to a more rigorous review by both the Graduate School and the Department of Social Work Admissions Committee.

In addition, students admitted to the program are required to satisfactorily complete one or two internships. Students must obtain malpractice insurance before they are placed with an agency. The insurance agency requires disclosure of personal information including convictions, and may or may not issue insurance coverage. For placement into an internship, agencies also require personal information and conduct background checks. Agencies have the right to refuse placement. In addition, while the Department of Social Work will work diligently to place students, students admitted into the program are not guaranteed placement in an agency which is a requirement for graduation.

Therefore, Binghamton University's Department of Social Work cannot guarantee licensure upon completion of the program.

Last Updated: 8/13/14