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MSW Admissions

Master of Social Work Admissions

Click here for MSW Admissions Packet pdf

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis with the following deadlines.

Advanced Standing Full-time/Part-Time applications accepted until March 1 

Fall (Part-time or Full-Time) applications are accepted until March 1



Minimum requirements Regular Standing program:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  •  An undergraduate grade point average (on a 4-point scale) of either 3.0 for all undergraduate work

(Please contact Philadelphia area or Harrisburg area for GPA concerns.)

  • Three (3) professional references that attest to the applicant’s academic performance, social work related experience, personal qualifications, ability to engage in graduate level education, and commitment to the social work profession.
  • Applicant’s personal statement that illustrates the aforementioned qualities.
  • A current professional resume.

Please note:

  • Academic credit is not given for life experiences and previous work experience in lieu of field education or course requirements.
  • Academic credit is not given for graduate level courses taken as part of an earned graduate degree.
  • Standardized Tests:The GRE/GMAT is not required to apply to the MSW program.


Minimum requirements for Advanced Standing ONLY

Individuals, who have earned a BSW within the last five years from a CSWE accredited program, have an exemplary undergraduate record and solid work/volunteer/internship experience may apply for Advanced Standing admissions. Advanced Standing begins with a “Bridge” course (usually in the summer, but may be offered during other semesters depending on program site); then transitions into advanced curriculum.


Advanced standing status may be awarded to applicants currently enrolled in a BSW program, pending receipt of the final college transcript reflecting all of the following criteria.

·         Overall undergraduate and junior-senior year grade point averages must be at least 3.25.

·         No more than 1 “C” in undergraduate social work courses; all other social work grades must be “B” or better.

·         Three (3) professional references that attest to the applicant’s academic performance, social work related experience, personal qualifications, ability to engage in graduate level education, and commitment to the social work profession.

·         Applicant’s personal statement that illustrates the aforementioned qualities.

·         A current professional resume.


In order to assess the applicant’s suitability for Advanced Standing, applicants are REQUIRED to submit the following ADDITIONAL documents:


  • A full description of your undergraduate field practicum experiences including the agencies’ names and addresses, the types of assignments, types and numbers of clients or client populations you served (in a micro, mezzo, or macro capacity), and social work models or approaches you used. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, 4-6 pages in length, and in APA (6th ed.) format.
  • A copy of your field instructor’s evaluation form from the undergraduate placement.  [If you are currently in field placement during the current spring semester, an interim evaluation should be submitted.]
  • One of the three required reference letters must be from the BSW Program Director, (Senior) Practice Seminar Course Instructor, Field Instructor, or Field Coordinator indicating your readiness for advanced graduate social work education and practice.

Note: Applicants who are unable to obtain a particular supporting document above must contact the following:

  • Applicants for Temple University Main (Philadelphia), Ambler (AMB), and Center City (TUCC) campuses, please send your documents and inquiries to
  • Applicants for Temple University Harrisburg and other locations, please send your documents and inquiries to



MSW Application Process

Completed applications are reviewed as received, decisions made, and applicants notified. Complete applications should be submitted as early as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Students whose expected graduation date is May should submit transcripts that include grades from the first semester of senior year. 

Interfolio. Optional: Create an Interfolio account to use to submit your materials (there is a fee for opening an Interfolio account.  Click here for more information on using Interfolio.


Components of the Application 


Please enter your best email when completing your application (i.e. or

The online application assures proper filing and administration of all supporting application documents. Please begin the Admissions process with the online Application.

· The application process for the MSW program can be accessed through this link:
   Apply   At the very top of the page is the hyperlink "Apply".

·  Instead of uploading your resume and Statement of Plans and Goals (admissions essay) through the online application, please email to for Main campus and mswhar@temple.edufor Harrisburg area campus.  


Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from ALL institutions that they attended post-high school.  This includes: Community Colleges, Study abroad programs, any transfer of credits that appear on your final transcript and any Masters level of Doctorate Program Transcripts. An official transcript will bear the registrar’s signature and be embossed with the school seal.  Your transcript will not be accepted if the seal is broken. Scanned documents of transcripts will not be accepted.  Please see below for mailing address. We can accept transcripts digitally if available from the college/university or clearinghouse for Main campus and for Harrisburg area campus. Transcript requests can take up to 8 weeks to be processed and mailed out.  



References must be completed using this form: Click here for the Graduate Reference Form

Three (3) professional references are required in support of an application for admission. These may be academic or professional.  Note the following requirements: 

  • The reference form MUST be submitted.  It may be accompanied by a letter.
  • Applicants who have graduated from college within the last five (5) years should submit at least one (1) reference from a professor or official of the college.
  • Applicants seeking advanced standing status should obtain one reference from a BSW faculty member and another other from their field placement agency supervisor.  (If this is not possible, contact the School for further instruction.)
  • Applicants with employment experience in the social services or a related field should submit at least one reference from a supervisor or administrator at their place of employment.


Statement of Professional Plans and Goals (Admissions Essay) 

The essay is an important component of the admissions application in social work.  It provides an opportunity for you to discuss your motivation for pursuing graduate study in social work, relevant personal and professional experiences, and knowledge of diversity and social justice.  The essay is evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • ability to reflect on and summarize significant and relevant experiences;
  • ability to conceptualize and think critically,
  • and writing proficiency.  

Compose an essay of 4-6 pages that addresses the following areas (double-spaced, 12 point font in Microsoft Word (or PDF format). Include name and page number in the header on every page):

  • Your reasons for seeking graduate education in social work at Temple;
  • Significant experiences (work, volunteer, community, and/or field placement) with people of various ethnic, religious, national origin, social class, gender, sexual orientation and/ or racial backgrounds and the impact/relevance of those experiences to you;
  • A population and/or social problem about which you have a special interest and your reasons for that interest;
  • Reflect upon issues of social justice as it relates to this population and/or problem. 



A current professional resume is required in Microsoft Word or PDF format.


Email your professional resume and Statement of Plans and Goals (admissions essay)and professional resume to for Main campus and for Harrisburg area campus,instead of uploading onto the online application. 


Application materials can be mailed to:                                               

Main Campus:

Temple University  MSW Program Admissions 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., RA 5th Floor Phila., PA 19122

Harrisburg and Commonwealth Cohorts:

Temple University Harrisburg MSW Program Admissions 234 Strawberry Square Harrisburg, PA 17101


Financial Aid:

The School of Social Work awards a substantial amount of aid each year to assist meritorious applicants and continuing students in meeting the cost of their educational program. Awards include partial scholarships, research assistantships, government training grants, and stipends provided by local public and voluntary agencies.This is a limited pool of funds; primary consideration is given to those applicants who apply early. 

Awards are made on the basis of academic merit and the overall promise shown by an applicant for contributing to the School and to the profession. Award notification is generally made around the time of admission.

Most awards made by the School will ordinarily meet only part of a student´s total educational expenses. All students are therefore expected to make use of available resources as well as Federal grant, loan, and work-study assistance to help meet the cost of their education. The University´s Financial Aid Office provides assistance with the Federal grant / loan / work-study application process. Student Financial Services


Foreign Documents: Transcripts

If you are an international student with a degree outside of the United States and interested in applying for the MSW program, please contact the Office of International Services It is strongly urged within the School of Social Work for timely processing that you contact a private foreign educational credential evaluation service to translate your credentials to U.S. equivalency for consideration You can consult WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES (WES) or contact any other organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services NACES).

Language Requirements:

If English is a 2nd language, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required. Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.  Contact TOEFL to arrange for testing.