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
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two-part essay
  • Essay detailing your previous field education experience (requirement varies depending on your intended program track)

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

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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.

Request official transcripts be mailed to:

Case Western Reserve University
Application Processing Center
Online Social Work at CWRU
PO Box 30096 004-001
College Station, TX 77842

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent in a sealed envelope directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution.

Due to COVID-19, we are accepting unofficial transcripts and will review them as part of your application until official ones can be sent. Reach out to our admissions team at or +1-855-997-2972 with questions.

Letters of Recommendation

Provide two 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.


Traditional Track

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 Social Work (MSW), 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.

Advanced Standing Track

In addition to the two-part essay detailed above, you must include a description of your previous field education experience. This description should be no more than two (2) double-spaced pages.

Transfer Applicants 

If you have completed graduate-level social work courses at a CSWE-accredited institution, you may request an evaluation of coursework for transfer credit approval. To be eligible for consideration, you must have earned a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and completed the course within the last seven years. Mandel School faculty will review previously completed courses to determine which, if any, are eligible for transfer credit.

If you are applying as a transfer student, you must submit the following documents in addition to all other application materials:

  • Final official transcripts
  • Course syllabi
  • Fieldwork evaluations (if applicable)
  • Statement – Reason for transfer request

To obtain a Request for Transcript Credit Evaluation Formreach out to our admissions team at or +1-855-997-2972.

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