Applying for the Program
Prospective students interested in applying to the Intensive Weekend program must have a minimum of one year's work experience in the field and plan to remain in the employ of the sponsoring agency for the duration of studies. The same admission criteria
apply as for on campus study. Applicants must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or demonstrate ability to do well in graduate school and to contribute to the social work profession, as evidenced in undergraduate work, subsequent coursework in social work or other graduate level programs, application statement, recommendations, and experiential background. A confidential disclosure statement is also required. Satisfactory completion of Professional Credit Courses or other relevant graduate courses may serve to strengthen an application, by demonstrating the motivation and ability to do graduate level work.
Successful completion of a course in statistics is required for the MSW degree. Students will be required to take an approved statistics course if they have not fulfilled this requirement prior to matriculation. Information about this requirement also appears on the MSW Admissions
Students holding a BSW and seeking admission with advanced standing must have a B or better in all social work courses to be considered for admission, and a strong undergraduate academic record. Students with an otherwise strong application but an undergraduate social work course with less than a B, are encouraged to enroll in Professional Credit Courses offered by Rutgers SSW or other accredited graduate prior to application for advanced standing admission to the Intensive Weekend program.
Applicants should discuss their interest in applying for the Intensive Weekend program with their employer and provide their employer with information about the program available on this website. Applicants may wish to discuss potential field education opportunities at their place of employment or within their agency's network of collaborative or referral relationships.
Please adhere to the following deadlines:
We encourage students to apply well ahead of the deadline.
Online application and personal statement, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are due March 1 (February 1 for Advanced Standing consideration).
- Supplementary materials, by invitation only, are due April 30 (March 31 for Advanced Standing students).
- An interview is required for admission to the Intensive Weekend program.
Two-tiered Application Process
Application to the Intensive Weekend program is a two-tiered process: FIRST,
applicants submit an online to graduate admissions application by MARCH 1
or FEBRUARY 1 for Advanced Standing
, including all supporting documentation:
- Personal statement
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study
- 3 letters of recommendation, including a recommendation from your primary work supervisor
- Confidential Disclosure Statement
- Please indicate your interest in the IW program
It is essential that ALL transcripts and supporting material arrive by the deadline, so that qualifying applicants can move to the next step of the process. SECOND,
once a preliminary review of the online application, transcripts and supporting documentation is complete, qualified applicants will be invited to submit SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS
and a FIELD PLAN
Qualified applicants will be required to submit their Supplementary Materials online and submit a confirmatory page, signed by the applicant's, agency director/designate, and field instructor. Applicants are urged to check email regularly as the link to Supplementary Materials will be sent to qualified applicants via email.
THE FINAL STEP of the application process is an interview,
generally held in April-June. Again, please check your email regularly, as
interviews will be scheduled via email, as Supplementary Materials are submitted and reviewed.
consists of a group informational session, an individual interview, and
a written exercise. The interview helps assure an appropriate match
between the prospective student and the program. We do expect that
applicants who accept an interview have explored the requirements for
the program and have a serious interest in pursuing their MSW through
the Intensive Weekend program.
Admissions decisions are expected by June or July on a rolling basis, earlier for Advanced Standing admissions. Cohort assignment will occur later. Please let us know if you have applied to an on-campus program and need an earlier decision. All admission decisions are contingent upon the confirmation of a field placement by August 1. The student is required to be in field throughout the duration of their studies in the Intensive Weekend program.
Program start dates:
Program Orientation and a "Field Day" are scheduled mid-week during the last week of
August, on-campus in New Brunswick. The preparatory program is in
September/October and most classes begin later in the semester.