Our application process is completely electronic. All documents should be submitted through the application portal.
For ALL program tracks
All application components (including recommendations) must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.
It's easy to apply to the University at Buffalo 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. If you are unsure of which application you need to select, contact us.
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:
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.
Copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the GrAdMIT application portal. You must provide transcripts for all previous schools attended at the undergraduate and graduate levels, regardless of whether a degree was received.
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
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.
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 MSW and BA/MSW application fees are $75 each. The MSW Online, JD/MSW, MBA/MSW and MPH/MSW application fees are $100 each.
If you have a previous felony or criminal conviction, please read our felony disclosure statement before applying.
Accepted applicants living 50 or more miles from the Buffalo, NY, campus will be given priority for seats in the online programs.