BA/MSW Application Process

This program is meant for current UB undergraduate students who want to apply to the MSW program early. Our application process is completely electronic. All documents should be submitted through the application portal.

Before you get started

Application Prerequisites

Students apply to the BA and MSW portions of the program separately. 

If you are NOT a current UB undergraduate student, you will need to first apply to the University at Buffalo and the BA interdisciplinary health and human services program through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

If you are a current UB undergraduate student, you must meet ALL the following prerequisites before applying to the MSW part of the program:

  • Major in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Have completed a minimum of 93 undergraduate credits.
  • Have completed 11 of 15 required Interdisciplinary Degree Program health and human services courses.
  • Have completed the general education program.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Have significant employment or volunteer experience in a human services setting.
  • Have completed 24 credits in liberal arts coursework:
    • 6 must be ins the social or behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science).
    • 6 must be in the arts or humanities (e.g., history, English, foreign languages, philosophy, ethnic/gender studies).
    • 12 credits may be made up wit any combination of the above or with courses from the natural sciences or mathematics.
  • Human biology undergraduate course (3 credits) must be completed prior to the advanced year MSW curriculum, if not fulfilled at the time of application.

Application Process

This is for students who have already completed all the prerequisites above, and are ready to apply to the MSW portion of the program.

All application components (including recommendations) must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.

1. Meet with director to determine eligibility

You must first meet with the Interdisciplinary Degree Programs Director to make sure you meet all the requirements and complete the prerequisites checklist. 

Susan Pearles is the current contact for this step. She will assist you in determining eligibility.

2. Complete the online GrAdMIT application

Once you have determined you are eligible, begin your application using GrAdMIT, our electronic graduate application system.

Be sure to read the drop-down list of application options thoroughly, since each track has a different application form. Make sure to select the BA/MSW option.

3. Identify three recommenders

On the application form, you will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references who are best able to assess your potential for graduate-level academic work and for the profession of social work. This includes: 

  • Faculty
  • Classroom instructors
  • Academic advisors
  • Current or past employers, supervisors or professional colleagues

Do not use personal friends, relatives, friends of the family or other personal relationship sources. In addition, do not use clients or individuals you provide services to, or therapists or other individuals you receive services from. 


GrAdMIT will send emails to recommenders providing them instructions on how to electronically submit their letter of recommendation ONLY AFTER you officially submit the application. Plan ahead to give your references enough time to submit their recommendations before the deadline.

4. Upload unofficial academic transcripts

Copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the GrAdMIT application portal. Please upload your UB transcript in addition to transcripts from all other colleges you have earned credit from (you still need to upload them even if you already provided them to the Undergraduate Admissions Office). 

If accepted to the degree program, you will be required to submit final official transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended (except from the University at Buffalo). Official transcripts can be mailed to:
University at Buffalo 
School of Social Work- Admissions
685 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050

5. Upload your personal statement essay

This is a key component of your application. Your essay should reflect strong technical writing and critical thinking skills. Write a full essay answering ALL questions in the Guidelines for Writing the Personal Statement

6. Pay the application fee

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email containing a secure e-pay link, allowing you to pay the non-refundable application fee by credit card or e-check.

The BA/MSW application fee is $75.


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Felony Disclosure

If you have a previous felony or criminal conviction, please read our felony disclosure statement before applying.