M.S.W. Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must be graduates of accredited colleges and universities. While no specific undergraduate major is required, the completion of approximately 20 semester hours in the social, biological or psychological sciences is normally required. In addition, it is preferred that candidates have at least one year of paid or volunteer experience in human services. Preference in admission will be given to those qualified candidates who have had at least one year of general work experience.  We do not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.
If you are applying for Advanced Standing see Advanced Standing Requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • ​Five College Circle of Scholars Deadline: November 30

  • Non-Binding Early Decision Deadline: January 5

  • Early Decision applicants receive preference in geography of field internship assigned and in financial aid awarded. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early unless they are somewhat flexible in geography and can move to assigned field internship. Special requests for submitting an application after the deadline can be directed to sswadm@smith.edu.

  • Final Application Deadline: February 21 (February 15 for international applications)

Admission Decision Notification Dates

  • Five College Circle of Scholars: December 21

  • Early Decision: February 6

  • Regular Decision: On or before March 30

All decisions are sent via the application portal; decisions are not available via phone or email.

Requesting a Deferral

The Admission Committee accepts requests for deferral for a one year period. To request a deferral, submit the Admission Reply Form and the $500 non-refundable Tuition Deposit by the deadline outlined in the offer of admission along with your written request for deferral. Approval notifications are sent within two weeks, at which time a non-refundable Deferral Fee of $150 is due. Email sswadm@smith.edu for additional details. 


The Admission Committee may initiate an interview if it feels one would be helpful; otherwise, interviews are not required in the application process. Informational interviews to discuss details of the program and questions about the application process are available by pre-arranged appointment by calling our office at 413-585-7960 or emailing sswadm@smith.edu

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