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MSW Application

Application Deadlines

Non-binding Early Decision (all applicants): January 5
Regular Decision (international applicants only): February 15
Regular Decision (US citizens): February 21

How to Apply

Please note: Non-binding early admission applicants must submit all materials (see checklist) by January 5. Early Decision packets will be mailed at the end of the first week in February. Admission packets will include your decision, the geography of your field placement and financial aid award (if applicable). This offer must be accepted or declined two weeks within receipt and cannot be deferred to the regular decision pool.

You may submit materials in any order at any time. We encourage you to begin by completing Section 1, Personal Information, and submitting your $60 application fee. This will activate your application in our automated system (Bannerweb), allowing you to log in to check the status of your file. We will also connect you with an application support person who can answer any questions regarding your application.

We offer $60 application fee waivers under the following circumstances:

  • You are a Reaching for Excellence graduate
  • You have attended an Open House and use the fee waiver code provided
  • You are an active servicemember with the US Armed Forces
  • A School for Social Work alumnus/a or community member recommended you to the program and provided a waiver code to you
  • You have need-based circumstances and have submitted a request to and received an approval code from the School
  • You have been referred to the School via the One Student at a Time program
  • You have attended our exhibit at a fair (please pick up a card with the waiver code from our admissions representative)
  • You are applying to be considered for the Five College Circle of Scholars.

Important Notes:

It is essential that you include your full name and page number on each page.

We accept Microsoft Word or PDF formats only.

Please do not include your Social Security Number on any admission documents.

For Mac Users: Preview sometimes has difficulty displaying PDF Forms properly. If you choose to use PDF forms, please open them in Adobe Reader (available for free download here).

Application Checklist

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their admission material is complete.

Note: It is not possible to save a section and return to it; however, for your convenience we have split the application into shorter sections. Please be sure to click the "submit" button at the end of each section. On submission, you will receive a confirmation email indicating we have received each section. If you do not receive a confirmation email, it means we have not received your form. Newly received items will generally be reflected in Bannerweb within two business days of receipt if the Personal Information section has already been received.

1. Personal Information

2. Résumé

3. References

Reminding/Adding/Changing References

4. Essay Questions

In order for the school to obtain a clear picture of who you are, why you have chosen to pursue a clinical social work education, and your readiness for graduate work, we ask you to respond to our questions.

Your essay may also be sent to us via e-mail, fax and U.S. mail (see information below), following the instructions on the online form.

5. Official Transcripts

A transcript is required from all institutions from which you have received, or will receive academic credit. If you transferred credit from one school to the college from which you received your degree, the final transcript must include the courses, credits and grades from the degree granting courses, and the courses, credit amounts and grades from the transfer college. If the course titles, credits and grades are not included on the final degree granting college transcript, you must also request a transcript from the college from which transfer credits were obtained.

Applicants should have their official undergraduate and graduate transcripts forwarded to the school immediately after applying as applications cannot be reviewed without transcripts on file.

If you are unable to attain an official transcript within the timeline necessary, please email ( or fax (413-585-7990) an unofficial/student copy to be used as a placeholder until the official copy arrives.

Transcripts should be mailed to:
Smith College School for Social Work
Office of Admission, Lilly Hall
Northampton, MA 01063

6. Field Placement Form

Applicants are admitted with the understanding that they will accept the field placement assignments made by the Smith College School for Social Work. Assignments are made on the basis of our understanding of the suitability of learning opportunities offered for each individual and available field placements.


Additional Required Materials

Non-Binding Early Decision Applicants

  • Non-Binding Early Decision Applicants who are applying for Financial Aid must submit their Financial Aid Form by January 18. Click here for Financial Aid information.

Advanced Standing in the MSW Program

Transfer Applicants

A psychosocial history on a case and a summary recording of one session on the same case are required for all MSW transfer applicants.

Reapplying to the Program

Supplemental Materials

Financial Aid

Click here for Financial Aid information.

Test Scores

This application does not require the GRE or the MAT. If you have taken these tests and would like to submit them with your application you are welcome to do so but you are not obligated and the vast majority of applicants do not submit these scores. However, on occasion, the school may request one or the other of these standardized tests as needed.

English as a Second Language

An applicant whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE); official scores must be sent to the School by February 1.

Contact Us

If you choose to mail, fax or e-mail a part of your application, please send materials to:
Smith College SSW
Lilly Hall
Office of Graduate Enrollment
Northampton, MA 01063

Fax: (413) 585-7990

E-mail: (MS Word or PDF formats only)
NOTE: This email address is for receiving application materials only. For any questions regarding the application process, please email

Newly received items will generally be reflected in Bannerweb within two business days of receipt if the Personal Information section has already been received.



Those who submit complete applications by January 5 will be notified of a decision on their application by the end of the first week in February; those submitting complete applications by February 21 will be notified by the end of March.

Decisions will be mailed to your preferred mailing address. We do not give out decisions by phone or email.

Admission material for those who are accepted and enroll in the school is subject to the regulations of the 1974 Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.