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.


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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.