Thank you for your interest in applying to earn an MSW at the Columbia School of Social Work. We are the oldest and most renowned social work institution, and one of only two Ivy League schools of social work, in the nation.

To find out more about our innovative curriculum, field education, online campus, student support services, and other program features, check out The Student Experience.

Ready to apply? Our application portal is now open.

Next deadlines:

  • October 15, 2016: Spring 2017 entry to our ExtendedReduced Residency, and 16-Month Programs
  • PRIORITY DEADLINE* for Two-Year and Advanced Standing Programs, Fall 2017 entry: December 1, 2016.
  • FINAL DEADLINE for Two-Year and Advanced Standing Programs, Fall 2017 entry: February 1, 2017.
  • FINAL DEADLINE for Extended and Reduced Residency Programs, Fall 2017 entry: April 1, 2017.

*December 1st applicants get preference with financial aid packages.


Here to Help

Our expert enrollment staff will help you through each step of the admissions process, from exploring the right program for you to completing the application process to connecting you with resources for answering any questions. Request information.

Contact us any time. We can arrange for you to sit in on a class, consult with a faculty member, and/or meet with a student ambassador, field education advisor, admissions counselor, or financial aid administrator. We also recommend you attend one of our on campus information sessions or meet one of our admissions representatives when they are in a city near you.

Tel: 212-851-2400 | Toll free: 1-855-532-5200



Apply to CSSW: 7 Recommended Steps

Please read our Admissions brochure and:

  • Discover how our school defines social work.
  • Explore the range of careers you can pursue with a social work degree.
  • Understand the process of earning an MSW.
  • Confer with current and former students about their field education experiences.
  • Meet our faculty, among the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the nation.
  • Acquaint yourself with our student life.
  • Learn how to apply.

Still have questions?

Go to FAQ-New York City Campus.

Go to FAQ-Online Campus.


Eligibility Requirements

At a minimum, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university, which includes 60 semester hours or credits in the liberal arts, of which at least nine are in the social or biological sciences.
  • Academic record suggesting the ability to do graduate-level work.
  • Serious commitment to the profession of social work and the capacity to meet the demands of professional training, often demonstrated by internships and life experiences.
  • TOEFL: (combined score) 98; IELTS: 7.0

Note: Our MSW program does not require GRE scores.


Application Checklist

  • Complete the application form online.
  • Submit a resume/CV (three pages maximum).
  • Acquire three letters of reference.
  • Request and submit academic transcripts from schools where you have earned 12 or more credits.
  • Prepare for a Skype interviews (online platform & international applicants only).
  • Pay application fee: US$75

See also: MSW Application Requirements (PDF: 9 pages).


Costs & Financial Aid

The cost of attendance for our New York City campus consists of tuition and fees plus living and personal expenses. Go to 2016-2017 Cost of Attendance.

As a student on our online campus, your tuition will be calculated per credit. In addition to tuition, you will be charged a $200/term Learning Resource Fee. Living and personal expenses will vary by student. Go to 2016–2017 Cost of Attendance, Online Campus.

The School is committed to working with every student who qualifies for admission to make it possible to attend. Students may be considered for need-based institutional scholarships and/or federal aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The staff in our Office of Financial Aid work very hard to assist students with navigating this process and making students aware of their funding options.