DSW Application Process

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

Application Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a CSWE accredited program or international equivalent
  • Strong undergraduate and graduate academic history (preferred 3.0 GPA from undergraduate and required 3.0 GPA from graduate program).
  • A minimum of three years post-MSW practice experience in a social work setting
  • Valid and active social work licensure, certification, or registration in the state (or country) in which you are practicing (if applicable). Applicants who do not hold licensure can submit a request to waive this requirement​. Please see "Application Process" below for details on applying for a waiver.
  • Must be involved with and have access to a setting to develop and implement capstone project. This includes having access to a “target population” (clients, practitioners, and/or a service system). The setting can be paid (employment) or volunteer.

Application Process

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

GRE Not Required

As of fall 2023, the GRE has been permanently removed as an admissions requirement for the School of Social Work's doctoral programs. 

If you choose to send your GRE scores, they will not be included or taken into consideration as part of your application in order to maintain consistency and fairness for all applicants.


Email us!

New York Residency

To qualify for the in-state tuition rate, admitted students must provide proof of New York State residency. See accepted student information page for details.