SocialWorkCAS allows applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple master’s of social work programs at participating schools. A full list of social work programs, including SocialWorkCAS participants and nonparticipants, can be found in the CSWE Directory of Accredited Programs.

Benefits include the following:

  • Reducing time and costs associated with duplicate applications, data entry, letters of reference, transcripts, and supporting materials for those applying to more than one school by using a single online application
  • Using a comprehensive online checklist and instructions to help applicants easily navigate through the application
  • Enabling applicants to check their application status online or on a smartphone 24/7 to track the receipt of applications, transcripts, and references
  • Accessing dedicated and knowledgeable SocialWorkCAS support staff throughout the application cycle

Questions about your application or application status?  Please contact SocialWorkCAS Customer Service at (857) 304-2016 or


Before You Apply


Items to Research and Collect

  • View the Participating Programs tab for a full list of schools participating in SocialWorkCAS. Keep in mind that not all social work programs are participating in the CAS.
  • Check the individual website for each social work program that you are interested in applying to for program-specific requirements and information.
  • Contact three or more individuals (e.g., professor, field instructor, recent supervisor) prior to starting the application process and ask whether they are willing to submit reference letters for you.
  • Obtain personal copies of each of your college transcripts to assist you in entering coursework in the Transcript Entry section of the application.

We encourage you to submit your application and all your required materials at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline of your designated program(s). All deadlines are 11:59 pm EASTERN time on the date listed.

Application System Requirements

  • When applying through SocialWorkCAS, the preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • Check your e-mail for important messages from SocialWorkCAS. Turn off your e-mail’s spam/junk filters for the duration of the application cycle to avoid missing communications.
    • If you can’t do this, add and domain to your allowed e-mail address list.

Login to your application frequently to check the status of your application and to check for any messages that may not have been delivered to your e-mail.

Application Overview


Applicants create an account in the SocialWorkCAS online portal and follow the six-step process outlined below to submit applications within the system.

STEP 1: Create a SocialWorkCAS account. Prospective students start by creating an account using the online application portal.

STEP 2: Designate programs of interest. Applicants must select—or designate—at least one program of interest before moving on to the next step.

STEP 3: Request transcripts. After creating an account and designating programs of interest, applicants must request the registrar at each school he or she attended to send transcripts for ALL college-level coursework directly to SocialWorkCAS:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9212
Watertown, MA 02471

STEP 4: Complete the four quadrants of the SocialWorkCAS application—Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials. Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information are the core sections and need to be completed only once. This information will be shared with all designated schools. Students enter transcript information in the Academic History section. This allows SocialWorkCAS services to verify applicant information and accurately calculate GPAs for programs. Applicants request three reference (or evaluation) letters in the Supporting Information section. Program Materials content is specific information each program collects from applicants (essays, questions, reference requirements, etc.). If a program requires a reference letter from a certain type of individual, for example, that requirement is stated in the Program Materials section.

STEP 5: Submit the application. As noted above, an applicant must request three reference letters and complete the three core application quadrants and the Program Materials section for at least one school to submit an application. Applicants pay application fees for each selected program or obtain an application fee waiver if eligible. Reference letters and transcripts do not need to be received by SocialWorkCAS for an applicant to submit his or her application-only requested.

STEP 6: SocialWorkCAS reviews or verifies the application. Required documents, including all college-level transcripts and two letters of reference, must be received by SocialWorkCAS before the application can be verified. The application will remain on hold until all required documents are received. After the required materials have been received by SocialWorkCAS, the application is verified to ensure coursework entered by the applicant matches the official transcript. The verification process may take up to 4 weeks to complete before the application is released to designated programs.

SocialWorkCAS Fee Structure


Master’s-Level Programs
First Program $75.00
Each Additional Program $45.00

Consult each program’s page in the “Program Materials” section of the application to see which programs charge a supplemental (or school-specific) fee in addition to the SocialWorkCAS fee. You must submit any supplemental fees directly to the program(s) you are applying to; SocialWorkCAS does not process supplemental fees on behalf of the schools.


SocialWorkCAS Fee Waiver Program


SocialWorkCAS offers application fee waivers for individuals meeting income- or service-based requirements.

At the start of the cycle, August 29, 2017, a limited number of application fee waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Each waiver covers only the initial application fee ($75); if you wish to apply to additional programs, you are responsible for the remaining balance ($45 per program). If you received a fee waiver during a previous cycle, you may still apply for another in the next cycle.

To qualify for a fee waiver, you must either

a) meet the low-income qualifications as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(poverty guidelines) or

b) have past or current honorable service in the U.S. military or have served/will serve a full term in one of the following public service programs: AmeriCorps, City Year, Peace Corps, or Teach for America.

Fee waiver requests must be submitted and approved prior to submitting applications through SocialWorkCAS. If you are approved for a fee waiver, you are required to submit your application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). SocialWorkCAS will not grant a refund on applications submitted prior to approval of the fee waiver request.

Visit the Applicant Help Center for information about how to apply for an income- or service-based fee waiver. If you need additional assistance, please contact SocialWorkCAS Customer Service at (857) 304-2016 or

General Application Questions


When is the application deadline?

Programs have individual deadlines that can be found in the Add Program section of the SocialWorkCAS application or listed on each program’s website.

What timeframe will the application not be available to applicants?

The SocialWorkCAS application will be unavailable for one day (August 28, 2017) in order to make service enhancements for the upcoming application cycle. Transcripts and references will not be processed during that timeframe either. However, please note that during that time school users will have access to WebAdMIT.

Can I apply to more programs after I’ve submitted the application?

Yes. Applicants can log into their application and designate more programs throughout the entire application cycle.

I haven’t heard back from my references. What should I do?

We suggest re-sending the reference email to your recommenders. You can edit a Requested or Accepted Reference under Supporting Information. Once you navigate to that section, click on the blue pencil button. Within that page, you’ll see a re-send button that you can click to resend a request.

I’m ready to submit, but I don’t know if you received my transcripts. Should I wait?

No need — go ahead and submit! As long as you’ve sent the official request for transcripts to your school’s registrar office (or schools’ registrar offices, if you’ve attended multiple schools), then you’re all set when it comes to transcripts. You can submit your application even before we receive them. I’m sending my transcript to SocialWorkCAS.

Why do I have to also manually enter my coursework?

In addition to requesting official transcripts, SocialWorkCAS requires you to enter all completed coursework to help us ensure your GPA calculations are accurate. It’ll save you time in the long run because admissions staff are guaranteed correct application information.

Whoops! I forgot to request that the Transcript Request Form be mailed along with my official transcript. Will you accept a transcript without it?

Including a Transcript Request Form with your transcript will help us to process the document faster since we won’t have to search for your additional information in our database, but it’s fine if you forgot to include it. We’ll still accept your transcript as long as it’s an official version mailed directly to SocialWorkCAS from your school(s).

There’s something weird going on — The address for transcripts is not the same as my school of interest’s address. Am I really supposed to send my transcript to Massachusetts?

You read that right! Your transcripts will be processed by Liaison International in Watertown, Massachusetts rather than by our office so be sure to request that they’re sent to the address provided rather than to our school’s address. Here it is again, in case it’s helpful:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9212
Watertown, MA 02471

Oh no! I chose the wrong program. Can I change it?

You can. You’ll need to have at least one program selected at all times in SocialWorkCAS so go ahead and add your new program. Once you do, you’ll be able to deselect the incorrect one.


Did we miss your question?
Check out the SocialWorkCAS Applicant Help Center. If you’re still not finding what you seek, you can reach SocialWorkCAS representatives Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm ET by phone: (857) 304-2016 or e-mail:

Participating Programs


The following master’s-level social work programs are participating in the 2017-2018 SocialWorkCAS cycle:



New York



South Dakota

A full list of social work programs, including SocialWorkCAS participants and nonparticipants, can be found in the CSWE Directory of Accredited Programs.

SocialWorkCAS Student Resources:

Questions about your application?

Contact SocialWorkCAS
Customer Service by e-mail or call
(857) 304-2016.