DSW Program

DSW Admissions

Applicants for the DSW program may complete an application online. We encourage you to submit your application before the deadline. Please note that the committee does not evaluate incomplete applications.


The general requirements for admission to the DSW program are:

  • Master’s degree in social work with a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a 4-point scale
  • Minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience
  • LMSW or equivalent required with an LCSW or equivalent strongly preferred
  • Competitive score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) completed within the past 12 months
  • International students are also required to submit TOEFL scores if English is not the first language
  • Three academic or work-related letters of reference
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • A recent professional writing sample
  • Personal essay (5-10 pages)
  • Interview as requested by the Admissions Committee

International Students

If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English regardless of country are exempt from submitting a TOEFL score. General Requirements apply.  

All foreign academic records must be submitted with official translation to English from international institutions or a notarized translation to English must be included along with official transcripts. All applicants with international credentials are required to include a professional evaluation of the degree to determine if it is equivalent to the U.S. master’s degree. We accept foreign credentials evaluated by companies listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Applicants with such credentials should file their applications well in advance of the term for which they are applying.

Minimum scores for the TOEFL are: paper based (PBT): 580; computer based (CBT): 237; internet based (IBT): 92-93. Our TOEFL code is 2506. We will accept an unofficial score until the official one arrives.

This exam (TOEFL) should be taken far enough in advance of the term in which the applicant wishes to be admitted. An application is not complete until all official scores are submitted, and they must be submitted by the printed deadlines. Test scores are considered valid for two years.

Applicants residing in the New York City area may take their English proficiency test at NYU's American Language Institute, located at 48 Cooper Square, Room 200, New York, NY 10003-7154, U.S.A. An appointment to take the test may be made by telephoning (212) 998-7040. Learn more about ALI and its services.

Since the DSW program is part-time, it does NOT qualify for an I-20 or DS-2019 and students would NOT be able to apply for F-1 or J-1 student status. Please visit the Office of Global Services for more information.