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Admission Requirements

Standard, Two-Year Program: 

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,  any practice experience relevant to the social work profession, and long-term professional goals. Additionally, applicants should reflect on their desire and commitment to work with diverse clients.

Advanced Standing Program

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

  • Demonstrate that they possess a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited institution, with a recommended GPA of 3.0. The BSW degree must be completed within five years from the application to the MSW program.
  • Show competency in all required undergraduate social work courses, as demonstrated by a grade of C- or above.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. We strongly encourage that at least one letter comes from a field supervisor/field liaison/faculty member in 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, any practice experience relevant to the social work profession, and long-term professional goals. Additionally, applicants should reflect on their desire and commitment to work with diverse clients.

Timeline for Applications

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021.  The priority deadline was January 11th, 2021.  Applications complete prior to the January 11th deadline will receive priority review, and can expect an admission decision no later than February 11th, 2021.  Applications completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We encourage you to apply today for the Fall 2021 semester as soon as possible, as the number of slots is limited.

Dr. Lynette Reitz, MSW Program Director
Email: socialwork@montclair.edu
973-655-4188

Contact Graduate School:

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

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

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition information is available on the University Website.

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.

If you are interested in an Assistantship, be sure to check it off on your Graduate Application.