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Master of Social Work (MSW) Admissions

MSW Admissions 

The MSW program is offered online and in person in Philadelphia.  Below are the the different ways you can apply to the MSW program followed by a checklist for admissions.

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Start Term: Summer I

Campus Options: Main Campus

Format: Full-time (Main Campus Only) & Part-time

Applicants must have completed their BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last five years and have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA both overall and in the major. 


Regular Entry MSW

Start Term: Fall

Campus Options: Main Campus

Format: Full-time (Main Campus Only) & Part-time

Applicants do not have to have a BSW but must have a Bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts foundation from an accredited undergraduate institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you do not meet the full admissions criteria, please contact us so we can discuss your options in more detail.


Start Term: Fall

Campus Options: Online w/ 3-day in person training between years 1 and 2.

Format: Part-time

Applicants do not have to have a BSW but must have a Bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts foundation from an accredited undergraduate institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students are required to have access to proper technology, and be able to attend a 3 day in-person training between the first and second year of the program.


Format: Full-time and part-time; online*

If you are interested in the MSW-MPH dual degree, please apply through either SocialWorkCAS, the Social Work Centralized Application Service, or SOPHAS, the Public Health Common Application System. Your application materials will be shared with The School of Social Work or the Public Health Admissions team. For application instructions, follow the steps to apply to one of the five MPH programs.

(Students must meet admissions requirements for both schools/programs. Temple University School of Social Work offers a Supplemental Application waiver for all students who complete an application through SocialWorkCAS by February 1, 2018.)

*Online program options are available for both the MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences and the MSW, meaning that this dual degree can be completed online.


Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

The social work graduate program (MSW, online MPH) is calculated on a per credit basis. Complete tuition information can be found on the Bursar's Office website. In addition to the numerous scholarships provided by Temple University, the School of Social Work offers a limited amount of merit scholarships to currently enrolled students. 


Application Checklist

Applications will not be reviewed until all components have been received by the School of Social Work. All applicants to the MSW program must apply via the Social Work Centralized Application Service (SocialWorkCAS) and directly to Temple University.

1.  Social Work CAS Application. The CAS application fee is $75. Click here to begin your application. All items must be submitted through the Social Work CAS. Materials received at the school will not count towards your application. The preferred browsers for accessing the CAS application are Google Chrome or Firefox. If you are still having issues, please contact Liaison International’s technical support team at (857) 304-2016,

Temple University School of Social Work offers a Supplemental Application waiver for all students who complete an application through SocialWork Cas by February 15, 2018. In order to receive the application fee waiver. Please review the following steps:

  1. Complete Social Work Cas application.
  2. Fill out Temple University Supplemental Application - STOP when prompted for payment.  Do not enter any payment information. (If you enter payment and submit the application we will not be able to refund the application fee.)
  3. Email for your Temple Supplemental Application to be processed. Confirmation will be given within 2 business days. 
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts are required from all attended undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions. Transcripts should be mailed to:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9212
Watertown, MA 02471

  • 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:
  1. Reasons for undertaking graduate study in Social Work at Temple.
  2. 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.
  3. A population and/or social problem that is of special interest and the reasons for that interest.
  4. Issues of social justice as it relates to this population and/or problem.
  • Three Letters of Reference. Three academic or professional references are required in support of an application for admission.
  • Field Experience Essay for Advanced Standing students only

2.  Temple Supplemental Application. 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 Entry.

International applicants must submit the following additional documents:

  • 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. This information can be sent to the CAS.
  • WES Evaluation, is required. This can be requested/submitted through the CAS using their system.

International students should review the university's application process and admission requirements.