Our online Master of Social Work (MSW) is designed for professionals eager to become change leaders who work with individuals, families, organizations and communities.

As the No. 9-ranked MSW school in the nation1, we apply the same holistic admissions standards for our online MSW program as we do for our intensive weekend social work master’s degree program and our on-campus social work master’s degree that has been in existence for more than 105 years.

All applicants must hold

  • Bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges or universities
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above
  • GRE scores are not required

We value

  • A commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion
  • Diverse lived experiences
  • A curiosity to personally and professionally learn and develop

Start Dates

Enjoy the flexibility of three annual start dates: January, April and August. Applications are reviewed year-round. No GRE or application fees are required.




Upcoming Cohorts

CohortEarly Decision Application DeadlinePriority Application DeadlineFinal Application Deadline
January 2025
September 19, 2024
October 17, 2024
November 14, 2024

Traditional Track

Consisting of 60 credits, the Traditional Track can be completed in as few as two and a half years. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is not required to earn your MSW degree on this program track.

Advanced Standing Track & Transfer Applicants

To qualify for our advanced standing program track and earn up to 21 credits toward your MSW degree, you must hold a BSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)- accredited institution, typically earned within the last seven years*. You can complete this program track in as few as one and a half years.

Applicants with a BSW from a CSWE accredited program but are beyond 7yrs post-graduation must submit a written request for consideration (including a detailed statement of your social work experience and continuing education activities) to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and receive approval before applying. Demonstration of professional growth through social work experience, continuing professional education, leadership, and advancement in the social work field would be elements for consideration.

Disability Resources

For information about how to request accommodations, students with disabilities should contact us via email at or 216.368.5230. If you have already been admitted to Case Western Reserve University and have a CWRU Network ID and Password, please start by filling out a new student application on the Accessibility Information Management (AIM) system.

Please note that accommodation requests can take up to two weeks to review. Approvals cannot be applied retroactively.

Take the Next Step

Become part of our community of change leaders committed to  creating a more just world.

1U.S. News and World Report, Case Western Reserve University’s Graduate School Rankings, ranked in 2022arrow_upwardReturn