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Application Information & Materials


CAMPUS BASED - Application Deadline:

Spring - November 15        

Fall - April 1st

admissions info 


All MSW Students specialize in one of two social work practice method concentrations: Direct Practice (Micro) or Community, Administration, and Policy Practice (Macro).

Students also specialize in one of the six social work field of practice concentrations that are offered: family and child welfare services; criminal justice; mental health; health; social gerontology and displaced populations. Full or part-time enrollment is available each semester (with many evening classes, hybrid and online classes offered).

Applicants seeking admission to the Master's program must hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college or university with unrestricted accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a recognized international organization. The admission application review process  requires four weeks following the submission of all required credentials and application materials.


Scores from standardized examinations (e.g. GRE, GMAT) are not required. Applicants must submit official copies of transcripts from each college or university attended, regardless of degree status or number of courses completed when enrolled. Official copies of transcripts must be mailed directly to Howard University by the registrar or other authorized representative of the issuing institution.



The Masters of Social Work

The School of Social Work Master of Social Work degree program is a program of graduate level education that requires satisfactory completion of sixty (60) credit hours, culminating with the degree of Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).

MSW-Advanced Standing

The school also offers a 45 hour Advanced Standing Program for Graduates of Accredited Baccalaureate Social Work Programs. All applications where a BSW has been confired will be reviewed for advanced standing. There is no additional application.

MSW-Advanced Standing Acellerated Program (ASAP)

All applicants that qualify for the advanced standing program will have the option test into the ASAP program. The ASAP program allows qualified advanced standing students enter into the ASAP program, which is 30 hours (or two academic semesters) 

Prospective applicants for the campus-based MSW Program must complete the online application and upload the following credentials and materials. The online application includes:

  • Personal Statement (aka Autobiographical Sketch) 
  • MSW Application Essay Guidlines
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Please request three individuals who may attest to your character, interest, and potential for success in the social work profession to submit recommendations on your behalf.
    • Appropriate recommenders include college professors, employment supervisors, volunteer and community service supervisors, credentialed social work practitioners and others who are able to provide an objective professional recommendation on your behalf.
    • Applicants who earned baccalaureate or graduate degrees within one year of application and applicants transferring from other accredited MSW degree programs must obtain at least two recommendations from faculty who taught them.
    • Please, do not request relatives, close friends or peers to submit recommendations on your behalf.
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts (from each/every college or university attended)
  • $100.00 Non-refundable Application Fee


Transcripts issued to and/or received and submitted by applicants will not be accepted and will delay the completion of the admission application process.


Former Student Returning Application (FSR)

Students who are absent from HUSSW for more than one semester must reapply as a Former Student Returning (FSR) to re-enroll in the program. If you have a balance due on your account, that account must have a zero balance before this application can be considered. In addition, if you were suspended or placed on probation you will need to complete a SAP appeal through your BisonWeb account. 

FSR Require a Three-Step Readmission Process: click  here for procedures and deadlines.


Questions? Contact Us


Sandra Gammons

Sandra Gammons, LGSW
Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management


Sarah Jackson
Administrative Assistant, Office of Admissions