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Applying to the UAlbany School of Social Welfare

Students interested in careers in social work can pursue bachelor's, master's or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. The School of Social Welfare also offers a joint MSW/Ph.D. program for highly motivated, qualified students.

To begin the process of applying for admission to a degree program, please select from the list below. Please note that the actual application process (with the exception of current undergraduate students pursuing a B.S. in Social Welfare) takes place through University at Albany offices of Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

Each program has different admissions requirements, and some may have special University requirements for international students. Before applying, please read through the program descriptions below, or contact the School of Social Welfare Help Desk via email or by calling (518) 442-5320.

Undergraduate Program

School of Social Welfare student writing on the blackboardThe bachelor's of science (B.S.) in social welfare prepares students for a variety of careers, including habilitation specialist, program coordinator, or residential counselor. Graduates may work for Departments of Social Services, for home health agencies or county health departments, particularly in urban or rural settings. The B.S. in social welfare also prepares students to pursue a graduate degrees in social work.

Students wishing to pursue a major in social welfare must apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Applications for admission to the program are only accepted in the spring for the following fall semester. No part-time study programs are available.

The specific application procedure depends on your current status:

  • If you’re currently a UAlbany student, submit one application directly to the School.
     
  • If you’re not currently a UAlbany student, you’ll need to submit two applications: one for admission to the University, one for admission to the School. Visit Apply as a Transfer Student for the proper procedure.

Graduate Programs

MSW

Graduates from the School of Social Welfare's MSW program lead government agencies, administer hospitals, direct nonprofits, become advocates for change in social welfare policy, and build private practices. The MSW degree is also the first step for students who wish to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).  For details of the admissions process and requirements—including the Advanced Standing Program— visit the MSW Admissions page.

Applications for admissions to all graduate programs at the University at Albany are handled through the Graduate Admissions Office. Step-by-step instructions for preparing your application are available. You can keep track of specific application requirements and deadlines for admission to the full-time MSW and part-time MSW program on the Graduate Admissions Program Deadlines and Requirements page.

Graduate School of Social Welfare students in a seminar classPh.D.

At UAlbany, Ph.D. students in social work collaborate with faculty of international reputation while conducting research in the areas that intrigue them most. For details, please visit the Ph.D. admissions page.

Applications for admissions to all graduate programs at the University at Albany are handled through the Graduate Admissions Office. Step-by-step instructions for preparing your application are available. You can keep track of specific application requirements and deadlines for admission to Ph.D. program on the Graduate Admissions Program Deadlines and Requirements page.

MSW/Ph.D.

The joint MSW/Ph.D. program allows qualified students to earn both degrees with just 84 credits (instead of the 96 required to earn the degrees separately). To learn more about applying, visit the Joint MSW/PH.D. admissions page.

Applications for admissions to all graduate programs at the University at Albany are handled through the Graduate Admissions Office. Step-by-step instructions for preparing your application are available. You can keep track of specific application requirements and deadlines for admission to MSW/Ph.D. program on the Graduate Admissions Program Deadlines and Requirements page.