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MSW Admissions

Social Work 2017 Applications will be opened September 1, 2016.


All applicants must apply through the Social Work CAS Common Application. ALL supporting documents and transcripts must be submitted through the CAS application. A supplemental application must be submitted to Temple University as well as noted on the Temple University Social Work CAS application.


Summer I

Advance Standing Only (BSW Required within the last 5 years) MSW Program.
Fall 2017 for the Regular Standing MSW program.


Regular Standing Only Student may be from various backgrounds but must have a Bachelor's degree with a broad liberal arts foundation.


  • January 3, Priority Deadline for consideration of internal Merit Scholarships, and Grants.

  • March 1, for general admission (not seeking scholarships)

In order to be considered for admissions, both applications and all application materials must be received and verified through the SocialWorkCAS system. Please understand that once all materials are received, verification can take up to 4 weeks.


Application Checklist

Here is a checklist of the materials you will need to submit for consideration. Applications will not be reviewed until all components have been received by the School of Social Work.

  • Supplemental Application. The online application fee is $60. Click here to begin your application now! This application is required for all applicants regardless of application term, please be sure to select the correct term when completing the application. Summer I is for Advance Standing. Fall is for Regular Standing.


  • Social Work CAS. The CAS application fee is $75. Click here to begin your application. ALL ITEMS BELOW MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE SOCIAL WORK CAS APPLICATION. Materials received at the School will not count towards your application.

  • Official transcripts.  Official transcripts are required from all attended undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions.
    • Transcripts will be mailed to:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center

P.O. Box 9212

Watertown, MA 02471

       -Regular Standing requires a minimum GPA of a 3.0 or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution is desired.

       -Advanced Standing requires a minimum of a 3.25 GPA both overall and in the major as well as a BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last 5 years.

  • Resume. A resume or curriculum vitae is required to be uploaded into your application.
  • Statement of Goals. An essay of 4 to 6 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font, with name and page numbers in the header) should be composed in which the applicant reflects on:
  • Reasons for undertaking graduate study 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.

  • A population and/or social problem that is of special interest and the reasons for that interest.

  • Issues of social justice as it relates to this population and/or problem.

  • Field Experience Essay for Advanced Standing Standing Students Only
  • Three Letters of Reference. Three academic or professional references are required in support of an application for admission.
  • International Students:

    • TOEFL – International students are required to take the TOEFL to demonstrate English language proficiency. To be considered, you must receive a minimum score of 550 paper- based; 213 computer-based; or 79 internet-based. (Please contact us for the School Code to which scores should be submitted.

    • WES Evaluation- www.wes.org is required. This can be requested/submitted through the CAS using their system.

    • International students should review the Univeristy’s Application process and admission requirments:  http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/international.htm

Applicants should check their application status on the Social Work CAS portal often and inquiries regarding receipt of materials should be directed to Social Work CAS.

Having trouble accessing SOCIALWORK CAS application? The preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox. If you are still having issues, please contact Liaison International’s technical support team at T: 857-304-2016 or E-mail: SocialWorkCas@liaisonedu.com.

Dual Degree

If you are interested in a Dual Degree MSW-MPH please apply through SOPHAS which is the Public Health Common Application System. Your application materials will be shared with Social Work for consideration of admissions.

Temple University's Department of Social and Behavioral Health and the School of Social Work’s (SSW) dual degree program affords full-time students the opportunity to earn Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health degrees in three years or in four years for part-time students. The program prepares professionals to assess, understand, and address health-related concerns that impact the well-being of individuals, populations, and communities. Field experiences, which are integral to both programs, provide dual degree students opportunities to apply theories and skills from both professions to health-related practice and to explore numerous and exciting career options. MSW- MPH graduates may seek employment as administrators, policy and program planners and evaluators, counselors or clinicians, educators, and/or researchers.