MSW How to Apply

How do I apply for the MSW program?

During the online application process, you will be required to upload:

  1. Official Transcript(s) from each college you have attended, unless you are an FAU graduate and attended no other institutions after leaving FAU (helpful info)
  2. A personal statement
  3. Contact details for three (3) academic and/or professional references (see “Who should I use for a reference?” below)

If you attended higher-education institutions outside of the U.S., or are a non-native speaker of English, please see additional requirements here.


When do I need to have everything in?

Application Deadlines
for Traditional and Advanced Standing Programs

Student Classification





February 1

May 1

October 1


December 15

March 15

August 15


*These deadlines are subject to change for future admission cycles.


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 professors/instructors.


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?

Summer, Fall or Spring. 

Full-time Advanced Standing students can start taking electives in the Summer, then enter their specialist field placement and 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.


We're Here to Help

For questions about advising, please contact the Graduate Advising Team at or (561) 297-2316.