Application Requirements

All applicants must submit:

  • The online application
  • A current resume/CV highlighting paid and volunteer work experience
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A two-part essay

GRE scores are not required for admission and will not be considered as part of the review if provided. There is no application fee.


Provide an up-to-date resume or CV with dates for each job you have held and school or academic institution you have attended. Please include relevant volunteer work, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.


We require transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), that demonstrate completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. The Mandel School also requires transcripts from any school where a student completed 6 or more credits, including graduate coursework. Unofficial transcripts are permissible for the review process for the Traditional track. However, official transcripts are required for the review process for Advanced Standing track.

Letters of Recommendation

Provide three recommendation letters from references who can speak to your qualifications for this rigorous program and your potential for the field of social work. Ideal references include professors, direct supervisors or volunteer coordinators. 

Two-Part Essay

Submit a two-part essay that addresses the questions below. The entire essay should consist of a maximum of five (5) typed pages (double-spaced, 12-point font) and be exemplary of graduate-level writing.

Part 1: Personal Statement

Discuss significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA), including:

  • Your interest in the social work profession, your intended concentration/specialization and your career goals
  • How any past school, community, volunteer, professional work and leadership experiences will contribute to your success as a graduate student
  • How you will contribute to the vibrancy of our student body and school community. Describe any strengths or limitations that might influence you being successful in your field placement.
  • Why the Mandel School is a good fit for your educational goals

Part 2: Analytical Essay

Analyze a social justice problem of great concern to you.

  • What do you think are the causes of this problem?
  • Assuming you have the power and resources at your disposal, in what ways do you think this problem could be addressed?
  • Please include possible steps for implementation and challenges likely to surface in seeking a solution.

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