Social Work, MSW
For Advanced Standing applicants only
Social Work, MSW and Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS Dual Degree
Applicants should communicate their interest in completing the dual degree program in the online application, in their essays, and recommendations should address the dual degree program interest. Students must be admitted to both programs in the same semester (fall only) to be admitted to the dual degree program.
In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts into your application. You will still be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. However, unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admissions review.
One official transcript from all institutions attended is required. The preferred method for submission of transcripts is as electronic submissions from the institution's Registrar's Office to email@example.com. If necessary, transcripts can be mailed directly from the institution's Registrar's Office to the address below:
Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030
The mail stop number is crucial to the address. Failure to use it may result in a delay in the processing of the application or even in lost documents.
Please review the FAQs regarding transcripts on the university admissions website if you have further questions about transcript submission.
Social Work, MSW: Please respond to these two prompts:
Prompt 1: Begin your essay by presenting your understanding of social work (in your own words) and your interest in pursuing a Master of Social Work at George Mason University. Include your reasons for this particular degree in relation to your academic background, work experience, and professional career goals. Describe your personal qualities and development and how they have influenced your career choice. (Prompt length: maximum of 1 page/single spaced).
Prompt 2: The NASW Code of Ethics (2021) describes social justice as a core value of the social work profession. Define a social problem that is important to you (e.g., immigration, gender equity, poverty, racism, disability rights); and briefly outline your understanding of the problem/issue, how it is a social justice issue, and the role of social work in addressing the issue. Please use APA 7th edition citation style. (Prompt length: maximum of 2 pages/single spaced).
The people best suited to provide recommendation for graduate study on the applicant's behalf (recommenders) are faculty members, university administrators, or internship supervisors who are in a position to knowledgeably discuss the applicant's academic potential for graduate study, as well as the applicant's personal qualities and experiences. Applicants who have been out of school for some time are welcome to submit recommendations from supervisors.
Near the end of the online application process, applicants will be prompted to provide the names and email addresses of each recommender. Once the application is submitted, the application system automatically notifies recommenders that they have been named as recommenders and tells them how to submit the letter online.
It is appropriate to ask the recommenders in advance if they would be willing to submit a recommendation. Consider alerting recommenders after the online application is complete to be on the look-out for the electronic notice asking for them to complete the recommendation form.
You can resend a recommendation request through the Self -Service Center. However, in order to change the name of a recommender, you will need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters will not be accepted in lieu of this electronic form.
Please note: Recommenders must submit these forms online by following the prompt sent through email. If the recommender is not able to use the online system, they may submit recommendations directly to email@example.com. Letters of recommendation cannot be submitted by the applicant on behalf of the recommender, unless they are in a signed and sealed envelope from the recommender.
There are two additional requirements for transfer applicants. They are as follows:
- An official letter sent to us from the Dean or the Program Director of the MSW Program from your previous school on official letterhead confirming that you were a student in good standing when you left their program. Email letter to Dr. Vicki Kirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A copy of all field placement evaluations.
International applicants (those with an undergraduate degree from outside the United States) should review their additional requirements as listed on the international applicant page of the Admissions website.
Please find more information and application requirements on the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) webpage.
Please find more information and application requirements on the Behavioral Health (CAP-BH) Stipend Program webpage.