Johnson C. Smith University's Master of Social Work Program offers two pathways to apply for entrance into the graduate program: Advanced Standing (1 year) and MSW 2 Years.

Students who wish to attend Johnson C. Smith University's Master of Social Work Program must first submit a completed MSW Application packet. Please review the steps below for consideration.

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



Step 3: Complete the Applicant Reference Form. The MSW application requires 3 recommendations. The MSW committee recommends that the applicant have at least 1-2 persons who can speak to the applicant’s academics (e.g., 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 the application fee

Items needed for a complete application review:

Master of Social Work Application for Admission

Personal statement



Three recommendations (at least 1-2 persons who can speak to your academics; others can be colleagues, supervisors, etc.) Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. If you completed your undergraduate degree 5 or more years ago, 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.


Please note that there is a $40 application fee. If you choose to make the payment online, kindly forward the confirmation email to Ms. D'Azah Smith at Alternatively, you may pay the fee at Student Accounts, located 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 encourages 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 will likely be 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 apply.


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 supporting 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 to false and/or incomplete information is subject to immediate dismissal or other disciplinary action.

For more information about the Master of Social Work program, contact Ms. D'Azah Smith at or visit campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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.