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Admissions Criteria

The admissions criteria reflect the program’s goals and objectives and support Long Island University’s mission of Access and Excellence. The program seeks students from varied backgrounds who reflect the diversity of the populations its graduates will serve, including the suburban population of Nassau County and the multiethnic, urban population of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the greater tri-state area. Through direct care or leadership roles in the field of social work, students who apply to this program should be interested in working with populations at risk, including the elderly; immigrants and refugees; the physically and mentally challenged; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GBLT) individuals and groups; the suburban and urban poor; and other populations that are economically at risk.

The program seeks applicants who have a broad liberal arts education consisting of the humanities; the social and behavioral sciences; the natural sciences including biology and courses reflective of a basic interest in human services.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must: 

  • Hold a bachelor of arts degree from a regionally accredited university 
  • Have a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.8 or better 
  • Have a B average or better in courses taken during the final four semesters of undergraduate study 
  • Submit a minimum of three recommendations 
  • Submit a personal narrative/autobiographical statement 
  • Submit an undergraduate transcript from all colleges or universities previously attended 
  • Possess the personal characteristics and qualifications essential for professional work with vulnerable individuals and with populations at risk 
  • Submit an application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission)

Submitting an Application for Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

In addition to completing the Graduate Application, we request that you collect all required documents needed for admission and mail them together in a single envelope to:

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 810
Randolph, MA 02368-0810

Please note that the program admits students for the Fall Semester only. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by March 15.

Download this Application Information and Instructions sheet for an explanation of the application process for the M.S.W. degree program. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 718-488-1011 or