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Admission Deadlines

The application deadline is February 21 (February 15 for international applications), though early application is strongly encouraged. The non-binding early admission deadline is January 5. Those who apply early admission receive preference in the geography of field placement assigned and in financial aid awarded. Special requests for filing an application after the deadline should be directed to the Office of Admission.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must be graduates of accredited colleges and universities. While no specific undergraduate major is required, the completion of approximately 20 semester hours in the social, biological or psychological sciences is normally required. In addition, it is preferred that candidates have at least one year of paid or volunteer experience in human services. Preference in admission will be given to those qualified candidates who have had at least one year of general work experience.

Advanced Standing Status

A limited number of applicants are awarded advanced standing status in the MSW program. To be considered for advanced standing status, applicants must have received an undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), those recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors. The BSW degree must not be more than five years old unless the applicant has been involved in ongoing paid social work since graduation. Applicants are asked to complete all usual application materials along with a Case Summary and a set of questions related to the applicant's work with clients. For details, see the advanced standing status admission materials on our application page.

International Students

Applicants who are citizens of other countries should follow the application procedures outlined. For international applicants, the Early Decision deadline is January 5 and the Regular Decision deadline is February 15. Applicants are encouraged to have some experience in a social work program before attending the school. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work or equivalent course work may qualify for advanced standing.

A substantial working knowledge of English is essential for admission. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must take the TOEFL iBT and have an official score report sent to the Office of Admission; a minimum score for the TOEFL iBT is 89. If the TOEFL test is taken on paper or by computer, the TSE, Test of Spoken English is also required with a minimum score of 50. The minimum test scores for the paper based TOEFL is 550; computer generated is 207-233. The TOEFL requirement may be waived by the Admission Committee if English has been the primary language spoken in the home and at school. The school reserves the right to require the TOEFL of any applicant whose first language is not English.

Transfer Students

The school may consider students who have completed one full year of academic work in good standing at an accredited school of social work.

Please consult the Office of Admission to discuss transfer options.

Interviews (optional)

If you are interested in an individual appointment to discuss your professional interests with a faculty member or an alumna/us, please contact us. Occasionally, the Committee on Admission may initiate an interview if it feels one would be helpful; otherwise, interviews are not required in the application process.