In order to be a dual-degree student, you will need to submit two separate applications and be admitted to both the School of Social Work and the SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Our application process is completely electronic. All documents should be submitted through the application portal. All application components (including recommendations) must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.
Apply to the University at Buffalo School of Social Work using our electronic graduate application system.
Be sure to select the "JD/MSW (Law/ Social Work)" program option from the drop-down menu, since this indicates to us that you are also applying to the Law School for dual-degree consideration. If you do not see the program listed, it means that it is not currently open. Check our deadlines page for information about when program applications open and close.
On the application form, you will be asked to send electronic recommendation requests to 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.
When you send the requests, your recommenders will receive an email with a link to complete the brief evaluation form and upload their letter of recommendation for you electronically. You will receive a notification email when a recommendation has been received.
Plan ahead to give your references enough time to submit their recommendations before the deadline.
Copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the application portal. Please note:
If you prefer to send official transcripts instead of uploading copies, you may do so. Note that official transcripts will take longer to arrive, so be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. All transcripts MUST be received in the School of Social Work admissions office by the posted application deadline.
If accepted to the program, you will be required to submit final official transcripts from all schools attended (except from the University at Buffalo) if you have not already.
Official transcripts must be mailed to:
University at Buffalo
School of Social Work- Admissions
685 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
or sent via secure and official electronic delivery to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you submit your application form, you will be redirected to your status portal, where you will be able to upload your application essay to your application checklist. 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 Application Essay Guidelines.
After you submit your application form, you will be redirected to your status portal, where you can find the secure payment link, allowing you to pay the non-refundable application fee by credit card or e-check.
The JD/MSW application fee is $100.
You will be required to complete a separate law application through the Law School Admission Council and submit Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
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.
If you have a previous felony or criminal conviction, please read our felony disclosure statement before applying.