Master of Social Work – How to Apply

Master of Social Work

What  items do I have to complete to apply for the MSW program?

  • A completed University application (online)
  • Residency form (online)
  • $30 application fee
  • Student Immunization form (if you are not an FAU graduate)
  • School of Social Work application (Online)
  • Personal statement (Online)
  • Three School of Social Work reference forms (Online)
  • One official transcript

Apply Online

When do I need to have everything in?

The deadline is May 1.

Who should I use for a reference?

Your references should be either academic or professional sources. We do not accept personal references. Professional references include supervisors/managers, volunteer coordinators, or co-workers. Academic sources include professors (at the college level) or advisors.

What should be in the personal statement and how long should it be?

Directions for the personal statement are in the online application. There are specific questions you will need to address.

When can I start the program?

Regular program students start courses in the fall only.

Advanced standing students can start taking electives in the summer, then enter the concentration curriculum in the fall. If you are applying for advanced standing, and would like to start your electives in the summer, you should select the summer term when completing your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click Here for answers to a list of frequently asked questions regarding the MSW application process.


For any questions regarding the Master of Social Work degree program, please contact Joy McClellan (Program Coordinator) at jmcclel2@fau.edu or Sherry Weinschenk (Instructor/Faculty Liaison) at 561-297-0073.

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.