Deadlines and FAQs

Our FAQs provide more details about applying to the UB School of Social Work. We are also happy to answer any other questions you may have—contact us at swinfo@buffalo.edu.

Application deadlines

You must complete your application by the listed deadline (including all supplemental documents and recommendations). Programs only begin in the semesters shown on the chart.

Program Program Start Application Deadline Application Opens
On-Campus Traditional  Full-Time MSW
Fall 2021 April 1, 2021 Open
On-Campus Traditional Part-Time MSW
Fall 2021 April 1, 2021 Open
Online Traditional Part-Time MSW
Fall 2021 February 15, 2021
Open
On-Campus Advanced Standing Full-Time MSW
Summer 2021 February 1, 2021 Open
On-Campus Advanced Standing Part-Time MSW
Spring 2021 Extended to October 15, 2020 May 2021 for spring 2022
Online Advanced Standing Part-Time MSW
Spring 2021 Extended to October 15, 2020 May 2021 for spring 2022
BA/MSW Dual-Degree
Fall 2021 April 1, 2021 Open
MPH/MSW Dual-Degree
(Traditional & Adv Standing)
Fall 2021 April 1, 2021 Open
MBA/MSW Dual-Degree
(Traditional & Adv Standing)
Fall 2021 April 1, 2021 Open
JD/MSW Dual-Degree
(Traditional & Adv Standing)
Fall 2021 April 1, 2021 Open
MSW/PhD Dual-Degree
Fall 2021 (Traditional)
Summer 2021 (Adv Standing)
February 1, 2021
Open
PhD in Social Welfare 
Fall 2021 February 1, 2021 Open
Online DSW in Social Welfare
Fall 2021 March 1, 2021 Open
Non-Degree
Fall, Spring, & Summer Two weeks prior to semester Open

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Application deadline extensions

IF an application deadline is extended, it will be posted on the chart above.

Application fees

The application fee is nonrefundable.

Program Application Fee

On-Campus MSW programs

$75

Online MSW Programs

$100

BA/MSW

$75

Dual-Degree Programs (MSW/PhD, MBA/MSW, JD/MSW, MPH/MSW)

$100

PhD

$75

Online DSW

$100

Non-Degree

$35

Application process and completion

The application process is electronic. We cannot accept supporting documents by fax. Once you submit your electronic application form, you will be able to view your checklist. You will upload the required documents to your checklist. You are responsible for communicating the deadline to your recommenders.

You will receive an email notification after your application has been determined to be complete. This is a manual process so it can take up to a week after your checklist items are fulfilled for us to make that determination. 

In order to be considered, you must submit all application materials and all recommendations must be received by the end of the business day of the posted deadline.

Recommendations

You must select three academic or professional references who are best able to assess your potential for graduate-level study and for the profession of social work. This includes:

  • faculty
  • classroom instructors
  • academic advisors
  • current or past employers, supervisors or professional colleagues

Do not use friends, relatives, friends of the family or other personal relationship sources. Also, do not use clients you provide services to, or counselors or other individuals you receive services from.

PhD and MSW/PhD applicants should have at least two recommendations from faculty with earned doctorates.

You will send the recommendation requests to your three recommenders via the application portal. They will receive an email with a link to complete a brief evaluation form and AND upload a letter of recommendation. You should send the recommendation requests well in advance of the deadline (we recommend at least four weeks). All three recommendations must be submitted by the deadline in order for us to consider your application. 

Transcripts

You must upload copies of your transcripts when completing the electronic application. Unofficial or "student copies" are acceptable for the review process. You must upload one transcript for every school you have earned college credits from, regardless of whether a degree was received.

If you prefer to send official transcripts for the application review process instead of uploading copies, you may do so (see addresses below). Final official transcripts are required after students are admitted. It takes time for colleges and universities to process transcript requests, so make sure you are requesting them in advance of the deadline.

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: swinfo@buffalo.edu

GRE scores/ entrance exams

MSW applicants do not need to submit standardized test scores. If you are applying to a dual-degree program, you may need to take a standardized test required by the collaborating department or school.

PhD, DSW, and MSW/PhD applicants are usually required to submit official GRE scores. However, as of October 12, 2020, the University at Buffalo Graduate School Executive Committee approved a one-year suspension of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement due to the current environmental context and COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this suspension, the UBSSW PhD and DSW programs are waiving the GRE requirement for fall 2021 applicants.

English proficiency scores

If you are an international applicant and English is not your first language, you must submit official English Language proficiency scores. You can view the test options and minimum score requirements here

The test must be dated no more than two years prior to the date you would start in the program.

Non-matriculated/ non-degree students

You are considered a non-matriculated (or non-degree) student if you are enrolled in classes but not seeking a degree. If you have earned a bachelor’s degree, you can be approved to take elective credits as a non-matriculated student. You can view the non-degree application process here.

Up to 9 credits of electives can be applied to degree requirements if you subsequently apply and are accepted into our MSW degree program. Non-matriculated students pay tuition and fees per credit hour and may take up to 6 credits in a semester.

Advanced standing eligibility

In addition to the traditional MSW application requirements, applicants to the advanced standing program must also have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program
  2. No more than six years between conferral of the bachelor’s degree and start date of the MSW program
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  4. B- or better in ALL social work major courses

The advanced standing criteria is extremely strict, so if you do not meet ALL the requirements above, you do not qualify for advanced standing, regardless of work experience or other degrees earned.

Transfer credits

A maximum of 6 credit hours of elective coursework (3 credits for advanced standing) from an accredited graduate program in a field other than social work may be accepted from outside the School of Social Work as transfer credit to the MSW program. Such coursework must have been taken within the previous six years at an accredited institution; content must be social work related and have been graded B or better. Up to 30 credits earned in a CSWE-accredited MSW program may be transferred into the traditional program.

To have your transfer credits evaluated, you must email the following to swinfo@buffalo.edu:

  1. Completed transfer credit request form(s) for each course. 
  2. A full syllabus for each course (not just a course description).
  3. An unofficial transcript showing all courses, semesters, and grades.

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Felonies and criminal convictions

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work supports the State University of New York Board of Trustees’ decision to remove application questions asking about prior felony convictions. Applicants to the University who have a felony offense in their background no longer have to report that information at the time of application. UB students will be asked to declare a prior felony conviction post-admission when they seek campus housing or participate in clinical or field experiences, internships, or study abroad programs.

Professional schools, such as the School of Social Work, are still obligated to inform field placement sites if a student has a felony in their background. All accepted MSW students, full and part time, traditional and advanced standing, and all dual degree, will be required to disclose any, and all, prior felonies when completing their field placement application. This will trigger a meeting with a field education staff member who will advise the student on how best to discuss their situation with prospective field placements.

Students who do have a past felony must understand that they may encounter challenges in securing a field placement, depending on the nature of the charge(s). If students are unable to successfully complete field education requirements it will result in dismissal from the program. 
 
Students are responsible for investigating the licensure requirements in the state in which they wish to practice. Please note that any past criminal conviction may result in denial of state licensure. Applicants should contact the governmental department that licenses social workers in the state they wish to practice.