MSW Admissions Criteria

All MSW Scholars are enrolled in a full-time program. The MSW Program at CUNY York College does not currently offer a part-time program. MSW Scholars required to attend classes 2 (two) evenings and Saturdays (fall 2018 & fall 2019). Additionally, 2-3 days are required for field placement. *course work and field placement may be attended on the same day. 

General Admission Requirements for MSW Program

Eligible candidates must meet below criteria for admission to the MSW Program at CUNY York College:

  • Submit an application to the program, including a personal statement related to the MSW scholar's career goals,      current comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae (please do not include personal references).
  • Official transcripts;
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If BSW/BSSW, must be from CSWE accredited program.
  • A satisfactory scholastic average; must have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher;
  • A group interview will be required; and
  • Must provide three letters of recommendation from instructors or employers addressing the applicant's suitability for the social work profession and preparedness to enter a rigorous academic program;
  • All required coursework for the undergraduate degree must receive a final grade of B or higher.

Advanced Standing Admission Requirements

In addition to general admission requirements, advanced standing applicants must:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program within the last five years.
  • Have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and GPA of 3.2 in the social work major.
  • Submit an undergraduate field placement evaluation (advanced standing applicants only).

NE: Advanced standing is awarded only to graduates holding degrees from baccalaureate social work programs accredited by CSWE, recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services*, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.

This and all future references to degrees from social work programs accredited by CSWE, include degrees from CSWE-accredited programs or recognized through CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accrediting body.

York College of The City University of New York (CUNY) does not require a graduate entrance exam such as Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admissions to the MSW Program at CUNY York College.

International Degree Equivalency 

Potential MSW scholars with international baccalaureate degrees need to be reviewed for degree equivalency by the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES). For details and fees, please visit: 

https://www.cswe.org/Centers-Initiatives/Initiatives/International-Degree-Review.aspx

NE: Each applicant is entitled to two original Determination Letters (included in the Recognition Application fee).

One letter to be mailed to the second / other address. Under step 2, in the Recognition Application Form online must indicate the second address here:

Formal Determination Letters: Send One to Other Address

Other Address Name: Office of Admissions

Other Address: York College, CUNY, Admissions Office (Room 1B07), 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd Jamaica, NY 11451

Graduation Requirements

Individuals applying for graduation from the MSW Program at CUNY York College must meet all requirements for degree at York College of the City University of New York as defined by the most current Graduate Bulletin in effect at time of admission to the program. The current structure of the program is geared towards professional programs. 

Instructions for Applying to the MSW Program

It is very important to thoroughly review all sections of the MSW Program at CUNY York College webpage prior to completing the application. 

  • The MSW Program at CUNY York College application will be considered "complete" once the above materials have been received by the Office of Admissions. 
  • Incomplete applications will not move forward in the application review process. 
  • $75.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee (U.S. dollars) must be paid before application is considered complete. 
  • If materials have been submitted via email, do not send duplicate hard copies. You will receive email confirmation.
  • Do not use MSW@york.cuny.edu email address to submit MSW application or materials.
  • Completed applications must be submitted by email to AdmissionsSW@york.cuny.edu.

NE: The Non-Refundable Application Fee and sealed official transcript(s) may be delivered in person or mailed to Office of Admissions at: York College, CUNY Admissions Office (Room 1B07) 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd Jamaica, NY 11451. 

Deadline for Fall 2019 - Now Open  

Applications for fall 2019 semester is now open for the MSW Program at CUNY York College.

Fall 2018-2019 Timeline

  • Feb 15, 2019: If you wish to be considered for fall 2019, please apply by deadline.
  • Starting April 2019: Fall 2019 applicants will be notified of decisions, via email and in writing (U.S. Postal Services).
  • May 1, 2019: Applicants pay commitment fee to secure seat for fall 2019.
  • May 15, 2019: Waitlist applicants are notified as space become available for fall 2019.

Questions? Please attend one of our information sessions. Please visit our MSW Information Session (this website) for upcoming dates. You are also welcome to contact the MSW Program at CUNY York College at (718) 262-2606/7 or email: MSW@york.cuny.edu   

We are a competitive program!

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