PhD and MSW/PhD Application Process

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

Application Prerequisites

PhD Trad MSW/PhD Adv Stand MSW/PhD

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.

Application Process

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

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

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.