MSW Admissions

Application Requirements

A GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test score is NOT required for application.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants to the Graduate School of Social Work must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. The minimum grade point average is a 3.0/4.0 and applicants who do not have this minimum GPA should address this in their Personal Statement. Applicants must have a broad liberal arts academic background. Social work experience is not required but is advantageous.

An introductory undergraduate course in statistics that covers descriptive and basic inferential statistical procedures is a requisite for the Advanced part of the program but is NOT a requirement for admissions. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be admitted but may not move to the Advanced part of the program until this requirement is satisfied.

Admission Procedure

To apply for the MSW program please visit  All MSW applications are submitted online. You may monitor your application status online. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.  Transcripts, letters and other application materials should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure full consideration.

The admissions process for the School of Social Work is facilitated through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and the Office of Student Affairs at the School of Social Work in New Brunswick. This means that all application materials should be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions in New Brunswick even if you are applying to take classes at our Newark or Camden campuses.

(including materials for applications to the Newark and Camden programs within the School of Social Work)

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-7711

Graduate School application - Applications must be completed online through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

A non-refundable $65 application fee - Instructions for paying this fee are on the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

Applications are considered complete and will be reviewed only when ALL of the following materials have been received:

A complete application consists of:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement - see for more information on the Personal Statement
  • Confidential Disclosure Document
  • Résumé
  • Field Evaluation - for Advanced Standing Applicants only
  • Application fee

Three Current, Professional Letters of Recommendation
A form for recommendation letters is provided on the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions website (in Forms Library) and although we encourage you to use this form, it is not required. Letters of recommendation should be current and come from individuals who are familiar with your academic and/or professional experiences and abilities. If you are a recent graduate or are currently enrolled in school, we recommend that you seek letters from faculty members. If this is not possible or you have been out of school for more than a short time, consider asking individuals who are able to address your current work, abilities and your potential to succeed in graduate school and in the field of social work.

The most valuable letters come from those individuals who you have worked or volunteered with in some capacity. We are looking for specific information regarding your academic and intellectual abilities, work performance and potential. Letters from friends, family, or professionals that you know on an exclusively social basis are not encouraged.

Letters of recommendation may be submitted after the application is submitted. Letters may be submitted online.  Letters may be sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions or they may be sent to you to forward on to the University. We request that the envelope seal be signed by the recommendation letter writer to ensure confidentiality. Note that the forms provided do have a box for you to check if you waive your rights to access these letters. (Please see the recommendation form). Unless expressly indicated otherwise, applicants have waived their right to access their recommendation letters.

Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit one copy of their official transcripts, from all post-secondary institutions that they have attended, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Please send transcripts for any colleges attended or non-matriculated courses you have taken in addition to your bachelor's degree transcripts. If an applicant is finishing undergraduate course work during the application process then he/she should send a current transcript. Once coursework is completed, an applicant must send a final official transcript that includes the final grades and the date the degree was conferred. If you have taken any Professional Credit Courses through the Continuing Education Department, you must specifically request transcripts to be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Please do not assume that we are automatically aware you are taking or have taken PCC’s.


Personal Statement
The personal statement is a critical part of your admission application because it gives us the opportunity to review your writing skills and provides us with a great deal of information about you, your experiences and goals. We do not offer individual meetings or interviews and often the personal statement will determine your success in the application process. You may submit the personal statement online when you complete your application or you may mail this personal statement separately to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Questions for Personal Statement
Respond to the following questions in a three to five page typed narrative; add any additional information that may be helpful to the admissions committee.

  • What are your reasons for applying to the Rutgers School of Social Work?
  • Discuss your personal values, philosophy, knowledge of social issues, and the professional and community experiences that have influenced your decision to enter the professions.
  • Comment on your skills, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Describe your reasons for choosing a particular focus in the field of social work.
  • Discuss your plans for a career in social work

Make sure that the personal statement is well written in your own words. There is no particular format required except that the statement is typed.

Confidential Disclosure Document
Each applicant is required to complete the CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT.

Fieldwork sites often require students to submit to background checks as a prerequisite for acceptance.  These background checks can be extensive and students need to be aware that arrests/convictions may affect acceptance for some fieldwork sites and/or the future ability to become licensed.  We ask for this information so students are appropriately matched with fieldwork sites.

The Confidential Disclosure Document information is considered highly confidential and private and is not released or shared with faculty, field instructors, or any fieldwork site personnel.

Please state all issues honestly and thoroughly to avoid serious consequences including a delay in beginning a field placement, rejection by a fieldwork site, and/or the inability to progress with your MSW fieldwork requirements.  You should be aware that willful omission or misrepresentation on any part of your application including the Confidential Disclosure Document may be grounds for revocation of admission.

TOEFL Scores
TOEFL scores are required for international students who received their undergraduate degree at a school where English was not the primary language. Additional information is listed under International Applicants.

Please include a current resume with your application materials.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply and complete your application early.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by the priority deadline. Transcripts and letters should be received as soon as possible after the application has been submitted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure her/his application is complete.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.  Transcripts, letters, and other application materials should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure full consideration.

Application Priority Deadlines

MSW Program

Priority Deadline

Program Start

Traditional on campus MSW Program

March 1st


Fall Semester

On campus Advanced Standing MSW Program

February 1st


Summer Session

MSW Intensive Weekend Program


March 1st

Fall Semester

MSW Intensive Weekend Advanced Standing Program


February 1st


Fall Semester

MSW 100% Online Program

March 20th


Summer Session

July 1st

Fall Semester


December 5th

Spring Semester


Blended Program


Priority deadline May 1.

Fall Semester

Professional Credit Courses (PCC)

August 1st


Fall Semester

December 1st

Spring Semester


May 1st

Summer Session


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Download the Confidential Disclosure Document for Your Application