M.S.W. Transfer Credits and Course Waivers
M.S.W. transfer students can earn credits for courses completed at another graduate school.
Also, all beginning students can request an exemption from required courses or research courses if they have completed similar coursework at another school.
M.S.W. transfer students who would like credit for courses completed at another graduate school must include this request with their application package for the Master of Social Work program at the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS).
- The courses must have been completed at a graduate school.
- Transfer credits will not be granted for courses taken more than five years before applying to GSS.
- A maximum of 12 transfer credits can be awarded.
- Credits are not granted for life or work experience.
How to Apply for Transfer Credits
You must request the credits when you apply to our M.S.W. program.
Your application must include:
Your acceptance letter from GSS will indicate how many transfer credits you will receive. If this is not mentioned in your acceptance letter, contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 636-6600 before registration.
- a written request for the transfer credits
- your transcripts from those courses
- the course descriptions of the courses you would like credit for.
M.S.W. students who feel they should be exempt from taking a required course because they completed similar coursework in another program can apply for a course waiver.
- Course waivers are granted only for required courses.
- You must be able to prove that you successfully completed the same course content at another school.
How to Apply for a Course Waiver
You should submit your request for a course waiver during the admission process. You must provide:
- a written request for the course waiver
- your transcript from that course
- the course description of that course.
When a course waiver is granted, you are exempt only from taking that specific course - you must complete the full 66 credits required to earn the M.S.W. degree. You are expected to enroll in another course to make up the difference.
Elaine Gerald, M.S.W., Director of Admissions, will refer you to the appropriate faculty member if a course waiver appears indicated.
M.S.W. students who feel they should be exempt from taking research courses in our program because they completed similar coursework in another program can apply for a research waiver.
In special circumstances, exceptions to the above requirements for a research waiver may be granted.
You must apply for the research waiver when you begin our M.S.W. program.
You must have completed two graduate research courses, but not in social work, during the past five years. (One of the two courses may be a graduate course in statistics.) You must have earned a grade of B or above in these classes.
You must have completed an empirical research project that is related to social work, and you must have earned a grade of B or better.
You must be familiar with a statistical software program for statistical analysis.
No waiver for a research course in the Foundation Phase will be approved after the second week of the fall semester.
How to Apply for a Research Waiver
If you think that you qualify for a waiver, please submit your reasons in writing to the chairs of the Research Sequence:
Contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or (212) 636-6600.