MSW

Applicants for the MSW program may complete an application online. We encourage you to submit your application before the deadline date. Our admissions committee, made up of faculty, strives to evaluate complete applications within four to six weeks. Please note that the committee does not evaluate incomplete applications.

MSW General Requirements for Admission

The general requirements for admission to the master's program are:

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants should have a broad liberal arts background that includes study in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences with a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits. Course work relating to diverse cultures, social conditions, and social problems is favorably considered. Academic credit is not given for life experience in lieu of field education or course requirements.

  • A strong academic record and demonstrated intellectual capacity for graduate education.
  • An ability to think logically and conceptually and to formulate mature judgments.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the field and evidence of a commitment to social work as a profession.
  • Evidence of emotional maturity, concern for people, and capacity for self-awareness and personal growth.
  • Demonstrated concern and commitment to the values underlying professional social work.
  • Respect for diversity.
  • The GRE is NOT required.

Indications of motivation and readiness for social work education include related work or volunteer experience and undergraduate or graduate courses in social and behavioral sciences or social work. When these are lacking, weight is given to the applicant's involvement in community activities or participation in organizations committed to humanistic values.

For more information, click on MSW Application and Admissions Guidelines (PDF: 480KB).   

Program Specific Requirements

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Full-Time Pathways

Two-Year Program

General requirements apply.

Two-Year Program @ Shanghai and New York

General requirements apply. Ability to study and work in multicultural environments. First year in Shanghai and second year in New York. If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam. Additional admissions requirements for international students are posted on the right side of this web page.

16-Month Accelerated Program

General requirements apply.

Advanced Standing Program

General requirements apply. Applicants must have earned a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) -accredited institution within the last five years. A grade of ‘B’ or better in their social work courses is required.

Dual-Degree Programs

The Silver School of Social Work evaluates applicants using the same criteria as are used for admission to the two-year program, described above. Those interested in entering a dual-degree program must fill out a separate application for each school. Each school will evaluate the application based on its own requirements. No special admission standards are applied to dual-degree applicants at either school. Once admitted to both schools, the student qualifies for the dual-degree program.

  • Social Work and Child Development/MSW and MA
  • Social Work and Law/MSW and JD
  • Social Work and Global Public Health/MSW and MPH
  • Social Work and Public Administation/MSW and Executive MPA
 

Part-Time Pathways  

Extended Program

General requirements apply.

Extended One-Year Residence Program

General requirements apply. Applicants must have provided direct services under the supervision of an MSW social worker, a psychologist (PhD), or a psychiatrist to clients for at least two years, and be currently employed in a social work agency. During the field placement, students must be supervised by a MSW (other than their current supervisor) who is SIFI trained.

Extended Program at Shanghai and New York

General requirements apply. Ability to study and work in multicultural environments. First two years in Shanghai and third year in New York. The extended pathway is available to Chinese nationals (including residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), and to non-Chinese nationals who have an appropriate visa for part-time study. If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam. Additional admissions requirements for international students are posted on the right side of this web page.

32-month Program for Working Professionals

General requirements apply. Applicants must have at least three years of professional or business experience working with people and be employed full-time.

Non-Matriculating Option

An exploratory option for people interested in the field of social work but who have not been admitted to the MSW degree program; people who are returning to school after an extended absence; people trying out classes at NYU Silver; and people looking to hone their skills. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate school. In order for your MSW course credits to transfer into our MSW program, you must earn a grade of "B" or better.