Thinking About Applying?

Thank you for your interest in applying for the MSW program 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.

The 2019 spring and fall Master of Science in Social Work applications are now live!

Our MSW application deadlines are below:

Spring 2019: October 15, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
Fall 2019 Priority: December 1, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
Fall 2019 Final: February 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

We're Here to Help

Our expert enrollment staff will help you through each step of the MSW degree 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.

Connect with us! We can arrange for you to meet with a student ambassador, field education advisor, admissions counselor, or financial aid administrator. We also recommend you attend an event.

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



Earn Your MSW at Columbia

Please read our Admissions brochure and:

  • Discover how our school defines social work.
  • Explore the range of careers you can pursue with a Master’s of Science in 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:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 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 MSW 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 (international applicants only).
  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee: US$75

See also: MSW Application Requirements (PDF: 10 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 2018-2019 Cost of Attendance.

As a student on our online MSW 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 2017–2018 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.