Admission Requirements

‌Standard (Two-Year) Program Applicants

To be considered for admission to the Master of Social Work program, applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized, regional accrediting association, with a recommended GPA of 3.0
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. The letters may come from faculty members, employers, supervisors or professional colleagues, but may not come from relatives, friends, partners or other informal contacts.
  • Submit a resume detailing educational attainment and any prior employment and/or volunteer experience.
  • Submit a personal statement that clearly articulates educational and professional goals. The personal statement should explain the applicant’s reasons for applying to the social work program, his/her learning objectives, any practice experience relevant to the social work profession, and long-term professional goals.
  • Students may be required to complete a personal interview with the social work faculty.

Advanced Standing Program

*Please note that we will not be accepting Advanced Standing applications for Fall 2018.

To be considered for admission to the Advanced Standing program, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate that they possess a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Show competency in all undergraduate social work courses, as demonstrated by a passing grade. 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must come from a field supervisor/field liaison/faculty member from the applicant’s BSW program. 
  • Submit a resume detailing educational attainment and any prior employment and/or volunteer experience. 
  • Submit a personal statement that clearly articulates educational and professional goals. The personal statement should explain the applicant’s reasons for applying to the social work program, his/her learning objectives, any practice experience relevant to the social work profession, and long-term professional goals. 
  • Students may be required to complete a personal interview with the social work faculty.


Lifeline for Applications

Apply by February 1, 2018 to receive priority consideration for the program’s inaugural class, which will commence in Fall 2018.

All applications should be received no later than April 1, 2018.

The application fee for the MSW program is WAIVED for Fall 2018.

Apply for free now:    MSW APPLICATION

Contact Graduate School:

Montclair State University
The Graduate School
(located between University Hall & the Student Center)
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869
Email: gradschool@mail.montclair.edu


Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition information is available on the MSU Website: https://www.montclair.edu/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees/graduate-costs/
Financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships, institutional scholarships, and federal and private educational loans. Students should contact The Graduate School regarding scholarship and assistantship opportunities, and the Financial Aid Office regarding loan options.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships may be offered to highly qualified applicants. To obtain more information about Graduate Assistantship applications, please see visit the Graduate School Website: http://www.montclair.edu/graduate/prospective-students/financial-information/graduate-assistantships/ If you are interested in an Assistantship, be sure to check it off on your Graduate Application.