How Do I Apply to School?

How do I apply to social work programs?

Congratulations! You’ve decided that a social work degree is right for you. With more than 750 accredited baccalaureate and master's-level programs from which to choose, you're sure to find something that fits your learning style and interests. Access your options via the Council on Social Work Education's Directory of Accredited Programs. When you are ready to apply, most admissions requirements and application instructions are listed on individual institution websites.

Applying to a master’s-level social work program?

Some master's-level social work programs participate in SocialWorkCAS, which is a Web-based application system. With SocialWorkCAS, the application process is much more streamlined. 
With SocialWorkCAS, you fill out one application—that’s right, just one—and upload one set of documents for all the master’s-level programs to which you are applying. Here are a few benefits of SocialWorkCAS:
  • Save time and money—Submit transcripts, letters of reference, and supporting application materials once to apply to multiple schools
  • Track application status—Monitor receipt of application materials 24/7 on a desktop computer or mobile device
  • Get support quickly—A dedicated support team is ready to assist you in navigating the application
It takes just 6 easy steps to complete your application.
CAS Application steps chart
If you haven’t nailed down your potential program list, take a look at ideas on how to decide where to study. Once you’ve decided, check to see if your program of interest is a part of SocialWorkCAS or if you’ll need to apply via the institution’s website. If they participate in SocialWorkCAS, get started here today and take steps to achieve your career goals.