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 are required to attend classes 2 (two) evenings and Saturdays (fall 2020 & fall 2021). Additionally, 2-3 days are required for field placement. *course work and field placement may be attended on the same day. In-person courses are scheduled in the evenings to make it possible for you to maintain your current employment.

Start Term: Fall
Campus Options: In person only
Format: Full-time (evenings and weekends)

Important Consideration: Plan for balancing full-time MSW Program (including course work, field placement hours, and other program requirements) with any additional personal or professional commitments and responsibilities.

** The MSW Program at CUNY York College does not award academic credit for life experience or previous work experience. The program admits only those scholars who have met the program’s specified criteria.

General Admission Requirements for MSW Program

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

  • Applicants must demonstrate promise as a masters-level social work scholar and show readiness to take on graduate education;
  • Submit an application to the program, including a personal statement related to the MSW scholar's career goals,      current comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae, and official transcripts;
  • Hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. If BSW/BSSW, must be from a 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 (please do not include personal references) addressing the applicant's suitability for the social work profession and preparedness to enter a rigorous academic program;
  • All required social work 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 a final evaluation from the senior undergraduate field placement evaluation (advanced standing applicants only).

Advanced Standing applicants are required to obtain the final evaluation from their senior field placement.  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 it's 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.

Additional requirements for international applicants

 TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 61 on the (Internet Based TOEFL (IBT). These scores should be sent to the SocialWorkCAS using the SocialWorkCAS TOEFL code of 2992 
 For International Scholars - Submit official test scores to CUNY York College - University Code: 2992 
 A WES evaluation ( is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SocialWorkCAS

Graduation Requirements

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

  • As part of the application process, an interview is required.  
  • $75.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee (U.S. dollars) processing fee must be paid to York College as well as a SocialWorkCAS application fee of $45 flat fee before the application is considered complete.
  • Do not use email address to submit MSW applications or materials. 

Deadline for Fall 2020 - Now Closed

Fall 2020-2021 Timeline (Revised due to COVID-19 PANDEMIC)

  • Aug 31, 2020: Application portal opens
  • Feb 15, 2021: If you wish to be considered for fall 2021, please apply by the deadline.
  • Mar 30, 2021 thru April 10, 2021: Interviews conducted with applicants moving forward in the application process.
  • Starting April 19, 2021: Fall 2021 applicants will be notified of decisions, via email and in writing (U.S. Postal Services).
  • May 10, 2021: Applicants pay a commitment fee to secure a seat for fall 2021 (subject to change)
  • May 20, 2021: Waitlist applicants are notified as space becomes available for Fall 2021.

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) 262-2607 or email:   

We are a competitive program!

The MSW Program at CUNY York College is participating in the Social Work Centralized Application Service (SocialWorkCAS) in the 2021 application cycle. Applicants applying to our masters-level program will apply online using the SocialWorkCAS application beginning on August 31, 2020. Please click "Apply Now" to be taken to the SocialWorkCAS application link.

For applicants meeting income- and service-based requirements. Please visit SocialWorkCAS Fee Waiver Program

Waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first served basis, and each waiver covers the initial application fee ($50).

Official U.S. Transcripts:

Enter every college/university (including all community colleges, etc.) you have attended.
Request an Official transcript:
Electronic Transcript: SocialWorkCAS accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. Check here to see if your school participates in one of these services. If it does not, follow the steps outlined below for paper transcripts.
Paper Transcript: Click on the “Download Transcript Request Form” button, complete the form and then send the Transcript Request form to the registrar’s office at every college/university you have attended. 

Request that all official transcripts are mailed directly to:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9212
Watertown, MA 02471

Non-U.S. Evaluations:

International Degree Equivalency 

Potential MSW scholars with international baccalaureate degrees need to be reviewed for degree equivalency by

Review the foreign evaluation requirements for each social work program to which you are applying.

If your program requires a foreign evaluation, click on the “Order WES Evaluation” button to have an official evaluation sent electronically to SocialWorkCAS.

The transcript verification process can take up to 4 weeks during peak periods. Please plan accordingly.

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If you have questions about your application, please contact your SocialWorkCAS Customer Service Representative at (857) 304-2016 or