Admissions Requirements

Depending on their academic history, students will complete one of two MSW programs: the Regular Entry MSW curriculum (in-person or online) or the Advanced Standing MSW curriculum (in-person only; online option available beginning Summer 2019). Admissions requirements vary depending on how you enter the program.

Before program entry, all students (regardless of program) complete an online orientation about Temple University, the College of Public Health, the School of Social Work and the MSW program.

For specific application requirements, visit the College of Public Health website.

Regular Entry MSW (in person)

Applicants are not required to have a BSW but must have a bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts foundation from an accredited undergraduate institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Start Term: Fall, Spring
  • Campus Options: Main Campus
  • Format: Full time (Main Campus only) or part time

If you do not meet the full admissions criteria, email cph@temple.edu or call 215-204-5200 to discuss your options.

Regular Entry MSW (online)

Applicants are not required to have a BSW but must have a bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts foundation from an accredited undergraduate institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Start Term: Fall, Spring
  • Campus Options: Online with a mandatory, three-day, in-person training in Philadelphia between the first and second years of the program.
  • Format: Part time only

Students must have access to proper technology and be able to attend the three-day, in-person training. Learn more about specific technology requirements for the online program.

Advanced Standing MSW (in person or online)

Applicants must have completed their BSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited program within the past five years and have a minimum 3.25 GPA, both overall and in their major. Applicants must also demonstrate promise as a master’s-level social worker and show readiness to take on graduate education.

Start Term: Summer I

  • Campus Options: Main Campus and online beginning Summer I 2019)
  • Format: Full time (Main Campus only) and part time

MSW-MPH Dual Degree

If you are interested in the MSW-MPH dual degree, apply through either SocialWorkCAS (Social Work Centralized Application Service) or SOPHAS (Public Health Common Application System). Your application materials will be shared with the School of Social Work or the Public Health Admissions team.

Format: Full time or part time, available onsite, fully online or blended in person and online.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Term: November 1
  • Summer Term (For Advanced Standing Students ONLY): April 1
  • Fall Term: May 1