Graduate Social Work Admissions

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Application Procedure

Applicants for admission should:

  1. Secure and fill out the Application for Admission to Graduate Studies form;
  2. Arrange for three letters of reference, using the provided forms, and send them to the Office of Graduate Admissions (see below);
  3. Include a personal essay describing professional experience, interests, and reasons for doctoral study and how it fits into their professional career history and future career plans;
  4. Submit examples of their professional work (papers, articles, grant applications);
  5. Include the required, non-refundable application fee ($50) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Adelphi University;

Mail the completed application form, personal essay, professional samples, and application fee in the return envelope provided with the application form to: 

Office of Graduate Admissions
Adelphi University 
Levermore Hall 
1 South Avenue 
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, New York 11530-0107

When the application is complete (all the above items have been received), the director of the doctoral program will communicate with promising applicants to set up an admissions interview with a member of the doctoral faculty on Adelphi’s Garden City campus.

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Priority will be given to applicants who submit their complete application packet by July 15 in consideration of admission for the Fall semester.  Priority admission for the MSW Advanced Standing applicants will be extended to individuals who submit their complete application packet by March 15.  

Admission Interviews

A personal interview may be required for transfer applicants, advanced standing applicants, accelerated applicants, O.Y.R. applicants, and for any candidates for whom the written materials are insufficient to arrive at a judgment as to the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue graduate study in social work.

Relationship to University Admissions

The decision to admit a student rests with the Doctoral Committee of the School of Social Work. The relationship with the Office of University Admissions is consultative and procedural. For example, in the instance of international applicants or applicants attending special undergraduate programs in the United States, the Office of University Admissions can provide help in evaluating the equivalency of academic course work to the MSW curriculum in the United States.

The following materials are sent to applicants by the University:

  • School of Social Work Cover Letter
  • Application (including reference letter forms)
  • Data Card

The Office of University Admissions, upon notification by the director of the doctoral program, sends official letters of acceptance or rejections.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
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