Apply to the School of Social Work
Master of Social Work
Learn more about the social work program options.
- MSW Weekday Program (Springfield)
- MSW Weekend Program (Springfield and Worcester)
- Advanced Standing BSW Graduates (Weekday and Weekend)
- Dual Degree Program MSW/JD
- Dual Degree Program BS/MSW
- Chris Hinely
MSW Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (413) 748-3060
- March 1, preferred
- We also offer a post-master's certificate program.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that reflects a broad background in liberal arts, with at least twenty semester hours in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences with an emphasis on human biology. Social and behavioral sciences include anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Biological sciences include botany, biology, physiology, and zoology. The School looks favorably on transcripts that include coursework in writing and in research methods or statistics.
- A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for all undergraduate work and 3.0 in the last two years of academic work. Some exceptions are made, and the faculty considers other evidence that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to conduct graduate study in social work. Applicants who do not meet the GPA minimum will be considered for admission on probation if space is available.
- The personal capacity to work effectively with people to achieve professional standing;
- Social work experience as an employee, volunteer, or in an undergraduate field practicum.
- Completed application and $50 application fee
- Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study.
- Personal statement
- In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
- Official college transcripts
- An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
- Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Please provide the recommendation form to each of the three people you have chosen to comment on your interest in graduate study at Springfield College, as well as your preparedness for it.
International Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE)
All application materials should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
If you choose to email your application documents, please note that transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be considered official unless they are emailed directly from the original source and not from the applicant. Please submit materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.