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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 and Part-Time applications accepted until March 15 

Spring (Part-time Regular standing only) applications are accepted up until November 1

Fall (Part-time or Full-Time) applications are accepted until March 15



Minimum requirements Advanced Standing* and 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
  • or 3.5 for the last two years; for advanced standing the GPA minimum is 3.25. 

(Please contact Marie.Leonard@temple.edu Philadelphia area or Amy.Costik@temple.edu Harrisburg area for GPA concerns.)

  • An undergraduate course of study reflecting a broad liberal arts foundation.
  • 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.
  • Standardized Tests:The GRE/GMAT isnot 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.


  • The overall undergraduate and junior-senior year grade point averages must be at least 3.25;
  • The applicant must have received grades of "B" or better in all undergraduate social work courses. (No more than one (1) "C" in the major);
  • 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 above criteria.

In order to assess the applicant’s suitability for Advanced Standing, applicants are REQUIRED to submit the following documents IN ADDITION to the supporting material listed for regular admissions applicants:

  • 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 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.]
  • A reference letter from the BSW Program Director, (Senior) Practice Seminar Course Instructor, Field Instructor, or Field Coordinator indicating your readiness for Advanced Standing should be one of the three required reference letters.


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 Erin Brosious at msw@temple.edu
  • Applicants for Temple University Harrisburg and other locations, please send your documents and inquiries to Kari Leaver at kari@temple.edu

Advanced Standing begins with a Summer “Bridge” course; then transitions into advanced curriculum.



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 


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:
http://chpsw.temple.edu/  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 msw@temple.edu  for Main campus and kari@temple.edufor Harrisburg area campus.  During the online application, when prompted to upload your essay, type in the box "see email". 


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 to msw@temple.edu for Main campus and kari@temple.edufor Harrisburg area campus. Transcript requests can take up to 8 weeks to be processed and mailed out.  



References must be completed using this form: (Graduate Reference Form attached)

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 msw@temple.edu  for Main campus and kari@temple.edufor Harrisburg area campus,instead of uploading onto the online application. 


Application materials can be sent to:                                               

Main, TUCC and Ambler Campuses                          Harrisburg and Auxiliaries 

            Temple University                                          Temple University Harrisburg
            MSW Program Admissions                             MSW Program Admissions   

            1301 Cecil B. Moore                                       234 Strawberry Square

            Ritter Annex, 5th Floor                                    Harrisburg, PA 17101

            Philadelphia, PA 19122

            msw@temple.edu                                           kari@temple.edu



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.

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. Additional considerations include interest in particular areas of practice for which special funding is available and the School´s commitment to maintaining diversity in the student body.

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 family and other 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.

Notification of awards is generally made at the time of admissions.


Foreign Documents: Transcripts

If you are an international student interested in applying for the MSW program and have not attended a college or University in the United States, please contact the Office of International Services. Also, if your academic record is not translated to U.S. equivalency, it is highly recommended that you contact a private foreign educational credential evaluation service to translate your credentials 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.