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You will need to complete the combined application for the MPH/MSW dual degree program.

Before you get started

Application Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 preferred.
  • 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.

Additional Advanced Standing Prerequisites

• Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 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.

• B- or better in all undergraduate social work major courses.

International Applicant Information

The University at Buffalo is one of the United States' most international universities and offers a welcoming environment for students from over 100 countries.

Apply to the UB School of Social Work

Your first step will be to apply to the UB School of Social Work’s MSW degree or PhD degree program.

As an international student, there are additional materials you will need to provide with your application:

  • Photocopy of your passport photo page
  • Copy of your current I-20 and Visa (if currently studying in the United States)
  • International applicant financial form
  • Bank documents showing funding for first year of academic study
  • English proficiency test scores (see details below)

English Proficiency

If you are an international applicant you must submit English Proficiency exam scores. Any of the following will be accepted:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score.

Applicants who are native speakers of English and educated in the English medium and citizens of the following countries may be exempt: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

The minimum accepted scores are:

  • TOEFL iBT®: 90
  • TOEFL CBT: 233
  • TOEFL PBT: 577
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • PTE Academic: 61

The test must be dated no more than two years prior to the semester start date.

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Application Process

1. Complete the online GrAdMIT application

When completing the MPH/MSW dual degree combined application, you will need to select an MPH program concentration and the program you wish to attend during your first year of study.

2. Submit supplemental application materials

  • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the GrAdMIT application from all previous schools you have attended at the undergraduate and graduate levels, except from the University at Buffalo. If accepted into the degree program, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Official transcripts can be mailed to: University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, 685 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260.
  • A personal statement essay addressing all questions in the MPH/MSW guidelines for writing the personal statement
  • Identify recommenders
    • Select professional references who are best able to assess your potential for graduate-level academic work and for the profession of social work. This includes:
      • faculty
      • classroom instructors
      • academic advisors
      • current or past employers, supervisors or professional colleague
      • Do not use personal friends, relatives, friends of the family or other personal relationship sources
  • PLEASE NOTE Once you officially submit your application, GrAdMIT will send emails to recommenders providing them instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation electronically. Plan ahead to give your references enough time to submit their recommendations before the deadline.

3. Request that your GRE scores are sent to UB

The codes for the GRE are 2925 for the University at Buffalo and 0616 for Public Health.

  • The GRE must have been taken within five years of your application to the MPH program. It is preferred that you have a minimum score of 500 or 50th percentile for each category (verbal and quantitative) and a minimum of 4.0 or 50th percentile for analytical writing.
  • The GRE requirement is waived for persons with a doctoral degree (e.g., MD or PhD) from an American university.

4. Pay the application fee

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email containing a secure e-pay link, allowing you to pay the non-refundable application fee by credit card or e-check.

The MSW and BA/MSW application fees are $75 each. The MSW Online, JD/MSW, MBA/MSW and MPH/MSW application fees are $100 each.

Questions about social work?

Contact: Lauren McGowan, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, at 716-645-1254 or

Questions about public health?

Contact: Douglas McNabb, Director of Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Services, at 716-829-3266 or