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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Propel societal transformation through the School of Social Work’s rigorous Master of Social Work program, available on campus or fully online. Professional training in clinical skills and research-supported practices will enable you to support and advocate for vulnerable populations including children, the elderly and those living in poverty. With the versatility of an MSW, graduates are equipped for roles in government, schools, healthcare clinics, nonprofit organizations and community organizing efforts—to name just a few.

To learn more about the Master of Social Work, visit temple.edu.

To view student competency assessment data in accordance with the Accreditation Standard of the Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE), click here.

Admissions Information

Depending on their academic history, students will complete one of two MSW programs: the Regular Entry MSW curriculum (in-person or online) or the Advanced Standing MSW curriculum (in-person only; online option available beginning Summer 2019). Admissions requirements vary depending on how you enter the program.

Learn about the Temple University Graduate School's official transfer credit policy here. Any exemptions to this policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the MSW program director.

All applicants will be automatically considered for available merit-based scholarships at the time they are reviewed for admission.  Students will be notified if they are in receipt of such scholarships either at the time of admission or very shortly thereafter.

Regular Entry MSW

Applicants are not required to have a BSW but must have a bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts foundation from an accredited undergraduate institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Start Term: Fall, Spring
Campus Options: Main Campus
Format: Full time (Main Campus only) or part time

If you do not meet the full admissions criteria, email cph@temple.edu or call 215-204-5200 to discuss your options.

Online Regular Entry MSW

Applicants are not required to have a BSW but must have a bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts foundation from an accredited undergraduate institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Start Term: Fall, Spring
Campus Options: Online with a mandatory, three-day, in-person training in Philadelphia between the first and second years of the program.
Format: Part time only

Students must have access to proper technology and be able to attend the three-day, in-person training. Learn more about specific technology requirements for the online program.

In the summer preceding Online MSW program entry, students complete an online orientation about Temple University, the College of Public Health, the School of Social Work and the MSW program.

Advanced Standing MSW (In Person or Online)

Applicants must have completed their BSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program within the past five years and have a minimum 3.25 GPA, both overall and in their major. Applicants must also demonstrate promise as a master’s-level social worker and show readiness to take on graduate education.

Start Term: Summer I
Campus Options: Main Campus and online beginning Summer I 2019
Format: Full time (Main Campus only) and part time

Application Deadlines

Spring Term: November 1
Summer Term (For Advanced Standing students ONLY): April 1
Fall term: May 1

Students will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of application review. Preference is given to those students who apply early.

Application Components

  1. SocialWorkCAS Application: You will apply using Social Work Centralized Application Service (SocialWorkCAS). The documents required below will all be submitted through SocialWorkCAS.
  2. Official transcripts: Submit transcripts from all of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Note: for those applying who attend/have previously attended Temple University, you do NOT need request official transcripts from Temple’s registrar. The Office of Admissions will add your Temple transcripts to your application internally. Please have official transcripts mailed to:
    • SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9212
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. Résumé: Submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae.  Please include employment, internship, and volunteer experiences
  4. Goal Statement: We are interested in learning more about you and ask that you address the prompts below. We have found that approximately 1,000 words is an effective length to address these essay topics:
    1. Discuss what about Temple University School of Social Work's mission statement is compelling to you
    2. Describe significant experiences with people of various ethnic, gender, national origin, racial, religious, sexual orientation, and/or social class backgrounds and the impact and/or relevance of those experiences.
    3. Consider your plan for balancing the part-time or full-time MSW Program (including course work, field placement hours, and other program requirements) with any additional personal or professional commitments and responsibilities.
  5. Letters of Reference: Three academic or professional references are required. Please include at least one academic reference if you graduated within the past five years.

Additional requirements for Advanced Standing applicants:

Along with the credentials listed above, Advanced Standing applicants are required to submit a copy of their final evaluation from their senior field placement. Also, one of the three required letters of reference should come from a faculty member within their BSW program.

Additional requirements for international students:

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent official to the SocialWorkCAS using the SocialWorkCAS TOEFL code of: B596.
  • A WES evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SocialWorkCAS.