Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the MSW program at JCSU will be extending the application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year to May 1st. Applicants interested in our Advanced Standing program are encouraged to submit their application packets prior to this deadline, given the summer session is still scheduled to begin May 28th. Additionally, our program is preparing to begin the summer academic session in the online format, with hopes of transitioning to a full ground or hybrid format at the duration of the crisis.


Johnson C. Smith University's Master of Social Work Program offers two pathways in which you can apply for entrance into the graduate program: Advanced Standing (1 year), MSW 2 Year.


Students who wish to attend Johnson C. Smith University's Master of Social Work Program must first submit a completed MSW Application packet. To be considered please review the steps below. Please note the MSW program DOES NOT require the GRE or grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience. 


Step 1:  Complete MSW application:



Step 2:  Request official transcripts.  Send as seen below:

Attn:  Office of Admissions

100 Beatties Ford Road

Charlotte, North Carolina 28216

Email: transcripts@jcsu.edu


Step 3: Complete Applicant Reference Form. There are 3 recommendations required with the MSW application. The MSW Committee recommends that the applicant has at least 1-2 persons that can speak to the applicant’s academics (i.e. professors).  The other can be a colleague, supervisor, etc.  Please advise your references that your information is keyed in at the top of the first page.  Their signature is required on the last page.


Step 4: Click here to pay application fee

Items needed for a complete application review:

MSW application for Admission

Personal statement



Three recommendations (at least 1-2 persons that can speak to your academics, others can be colleague, supervisor, etc.) Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. If you completed your undergraduate degree 5 or more years ago, then you may use character references (i.e., colleagues, supervisors, etc.) for all three references. However, we strongly recommend that you attempt to secure two academic references if possible.


A $40 application fee (if you pay online, please forward the confirmation email sent to you at bmeads@jcsu.edu or you may pay in the Business Office on the 3rd floor in Biddle Hall on campus at 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216.

Masters of Social Work graduate applications will be reviewed three times during the academic year. This new process is to encourage applicants to submit their completed packets (all required materials described above) as soon as possible for review. All completed application packets received by the specified review date will be reviewed and a decision likely rendered to the applicant by the end of the corresponding month of the review. Currently, applications are only being accepted for Fall and Summer admissions. We do not have a Spring admission. Summer admission is for applicants seeking entry into the Part-Time or Advanced Standing programs. Fall admission is for applicants seeking entry into the Two-Year program. Future graduate programs at the university may have earlier application deadlines than those specified by the MSW Program. Therefore, applicants are asked to adhere to the specific deadlines established by the program for which they are applying.


First Application Review Deadline:

October 1

Expected Decision Rendered:

October 31

Second Application Review Deadline:

February 1

Expected Decision Rendered:

February 28

Third Application Review Deadline:

April 1

Expected Decision Rendered:

April 30


All materials submitted in support of an application for admission become the property of Johnson C. Smith University. Materials will not be returned or released to third parties. Any student admitted on false and/or incomplete information is subject to immediate dismissal or other disciplinary action.


The JCSU graduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. At their fall, 2015 meeting the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education approved accreditation for the JCSU MSW program.