Social Work

Application Requirements

  • Start an online application for the fall 2017 MSW program. The 2017 MSW Saturday and Advanced Standing applications are closed.    
  • $50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    • If you apply with a GPA less than 3.0, please submit official GRE or MAT scores.
    • If you completed more than 60 credits of your bachelor's degree at another institution, please submit that transcript as well.
  • Official transcript showing any graduate courses and/or degrees held.
  • Transcripts and transcript evaluations should be mailed to our document processing center.
  • Three letters of reference. Please review our process for submitting MSW references.
  • Professional statement. Please review our MSW professional statement requirements.
  • Resume. Please upload your resume into the online application.
  • You may be called in for an interview.

Additional Requirements for Advanced Standing (BSW required)

All of the materials listed above PLUS

  • You must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Social Welfare from an accredited college or university within 5 years of applying for advanced standing.
  • One of your letters of recommendation should be completed by either a fulltime faculty member or your employed work supervisor.
  • A copy of your final BSW Field Evaluation from your senior year field placement.
    • Should be completed by the individual at the agency who supervised you during your practicum.
    • If applicants are currently in field, field evaluations can be submitted at the end of the fall semester.
    • If you are not able to obtain a copy of your senior field placement, use the BSW Field Evaluation Form [PDF] Work experience in social work or human services is preferred.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores if English is not your first language. If you have earned an academic degree at an institution within the United States or at an institution where the language of instruction was English, then your application can be reviewed without TOEFL/IELTS scores.
  • If you earned your degree at an institution outside of the United States, then your transcript(s) must be evaluated by one of four transcript evaluation companies (please request a detailed evaluation).
  • For Advanced Standing you must confirm the earned degree meets the academic credentials in social work that are comparable to accredited baccalaureate degrees, applicants apply to the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES).

Application Deadlines

  • Advanced Standing (BSW required)
    • November 15, 2016 for summer 2017 enrollment
  • MSW Saturday Plan
    • October 3, 2016 for spring 2017 enrollment
  • MSW 2 year full time, 3 or 4 year extended time plans:
    • January 17, 2017 priority deadline for fall 2017 enrollment.
    • February 14, 2017 for full-time fall 2017 enrollment

We strongly encourage you to finish your application as early as possible. Please be advised that applications will not be reviewed until all required materials are received.

Did you miss the deadline but are still interested in taking courses fall 2016? Please review our list of non-matriculating courses. Review the list of classes you can take prior to admissions

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 30 credits earned in a CSWE accredited school of social work as a matriculated student may be considered for transfer to Salem State. A grade of B or better must be earned in each course for which transfer credit is requested. No transfer credits will be given for courses more than 6 years old. In order for us to make a decision about transfer credit, you must submit all of the following items for evaluation to our MSW Program Coordinator:

  • Official transcripts
  • Course description (for each course)
  • Course syllabus (for each course)

In addition to the above, transfer applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Submit a letter stating that you are in good academic and professional standing at the school from which you wish to transfer.
  • For students who have completed field education requirements, a copy of the field evaluation must be submitted.
  • An interview is required for all students who were matriculated at another school of social work.
  • In addition to the professional statement, you must discuss your reasons for transfer and why you think our MSW program will be a good fit.

The deadline to submit transfer application for Fall 2016 has passed. Transfer applicants should start the fall 2017 application, you maybe able to start in January 2017 depending on the courses needed.


Non-matriculating Credit


A maximum of nine non-matriculating graduate credits in courses for which a grade of B or better was earned can be considered for transfer from another college or university. The following items must be submitted for evaluation:

  • Official transcripts
  • Course descriptions
  • Course syllabus

Students who have earned a grade of B or better in non-matriculating courses offered by our MSW program at Salem State will receive transfer credit.