MSW Application Materials and Information

MSW Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (“B”) on a 4.0 scale. Students who have done previous graduate work must have a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for admission to a graduate program. In addition, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession.

Applications are reviewed for evidence of:

  • Potential for graduate study, including skills in critical and complex thinking, oral and written communications, and time management

  • Potential for interpersonal helping, including maturity, self-awareness, concern for the needs of others, and awareness of social issues

  • Potential for engaging with diverse populations

  • Paid or voluntary experience in human services

  • Other abilities or experiences that demonstrate the applicant’s potential for social work practice, such as bilingual proficiency or experience in an allied field.

Applicants who have a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 and who present compelling evidence of strengths in other areas may be considered for conditional admission to the MSW program. Conditionally admitted students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher upon completion of their first nine credits in the MSW program.

MSW Application Process

Applicants to the MSW program apply to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies:

  • MSW applications and all related materials are submitted via the online application or as specified by the School of Graduate Studies. The following additional documents should be submitted:

  • MSW applications are received from September 1 to December 15 for the following academic year.  In order to be considered for admission, you must choose FALL 2022 on your application.

  • All application materials must be received by December 31 for the following academic year.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application is completed on time

  • The MSW Program is not able to give personal admissions interviews, however prospective students are welcome to attend an upcoming Open House 

  • Admissions decisions will be communicated by email by April 1.  No admissions information will be given by phone

  • Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Diane Michaelsen at or 203-392 6905.

Application for Admission with Advanced Standing

MSW applicants who graduated from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate social work program (BSW) within the past six years may apply for admission with Advanced Standing.

Applicants for admission with Advanced Standing:

  • Follow the MSW application process as described above

  • Indicate that they are interested in being considered for admission with Advanced Standing

  • Submit all materials required for the MSW application with the addition of:

    • A third letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor or field seminar instructor.

    • Their field evaluation for senior-year (fall semester field evaluation for current BSW students; final field evaluation for BSW graduates)

    • For students who completed their BSW degree outside the U.S., documentation from the CSWE International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services.