PhD and MSW/PhD Application Process

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

Application Prerequisites

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Advanced Standing MSW Prerequisites

Please note that the criteria below is very strict and there are no exceptions. If you do not meet all the prerequisites, then you must apply to the Traditional MSW program instead. 

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree 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.
  • 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.
  • Human biology undergraduate course (3 credits) must be completed prior to the advanced year MSW curriculum, if not fulfilled at the time of application.

All above advanced standing eligibility criteria must be met at time of application and at time of bachelor degree completion.

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.

In addition to all the above, MSW/PhD students must ALSO upload:


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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. Visit the accepted student information page for details. 

Felony Disclosure

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