MSW Application Process

Our application process is completely electronic. All documents should be submitted through the application portal.

Before you get started

Application Prerequisites

For ALL program tracks

  • Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited institution. 
  • Minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate liberal arts coursework. Of those 24 credits:
    • 6 must be in 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 with any combination of the above or with courses from the natural sciences or mathematics.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 preferred.
  • Human biology undergraduate course (3 credits) must be completed prior to the advanced year MSW curriculum, if not fulfilled at the time of application.
Additional Advanced Standing Prerequisites (must have ALL to qualify)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program, with no more than six years between BSW conferral and start date of the MSW program.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 required.
  • B- or better in all undergraduate social work major courses.

Application Process

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

1. Complete the online GrAdMIT application

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. 

2. 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. 

PLEASE NOTE

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.

3. Upload unofficial academic transcripts

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

4. 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

5. 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 MSW and BA/MSW application fees are $75 each. The MSW Online, JD/MSW, MBA/MSW and MPH/MSW application fees are $100 each.

Questions?

Email us!
swinfo@buffalo.edu

Felony Disclosure

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

Online Applicants Please Note:

Accepted applicants living 50 or more miles from the Buffalo, NY, campus will be given priority for seats in the online programs.