Credit Transfer Policies

Information Regarding Transfer Credits and Waiver Requests

There are a number of different options available to you as a student if you have relevant classes you would like to transfer to Silberman. These courses can include courses taken at Hunter College while enrolled in another masters level program, or other masters level courses taken at an accredited institution (***Please note: in general, only masters level courses not used towards another degree are considered for transfer). Please read through all information below thoroughly before deciding how you would like to proceed. You will see that there are different steps for various requests. Please make sure you are responding appropriately and supplying all required documentation. If you have any questions, please reach out to an academic advisor or a member of the Student Services Department.


Transfer, Waiver, and Prior Graduate Credits

For incoming students entering their first year, a maximum of 12 graduate social work credits may be transferred to the Silberman School of Social Work from another accredited graduate social work program. Transfer credits will be considered for courses only in which grades received are B or better and which were taken within the last 5 years. A maximum of nine non-matriculated credits taken at the SSSW may be counted toward the 12 credit transfer limit. Official transcripts are necessary for all courses except those taken at Hunter. Courses can be transferred only in the context of the School’s requirements. No academic credit is given for life experience or previous work experience.


Instructions for Application to Transfer Credits

Transfer of credit and credit waiver fall under the purview of the Director of Enrollment Management, in accordance with the following procedure:

  1. New students seeking to transfer credits must submit a Transfer of Credit Form to the Office of Enrollment Management before the start of their first semester: By June 15th for the Fall Semester or December 1st for the Spring Semester.
  2. Continuing students who wish to request transfer credits must follow a similar process. Deadlines for continuing students are April 30th for fall course consideration and December 1st for spring course consideration. Students may obtain this form on the SSSW website or directly from the Office of Enrollment Management.
  3. On the Silberman website, navigate to this form by going to Quick Links, Forms, and clicking on the Transfer of Credit Waiver Request Form
  1. The student must complete the Transfer of Credit Form, and attach:
    1. Copy of official transcript(s) reflecting the courses under consideration, except for courses taken at Hunter College;
    2. Syllabi for all courses under consideration, including courses taken at Hunter College;
    3. Any additional, relevant supporting documentation.
  2. The student must indicate whether the courses under consideration are intended to count toward elective or required Silberman School of Social Work credits. If being presented in lieu of required course credits, the student must write the titles of the SSSW equivalent courses.
  3. The student submits their completed credit transfer request to the Office of Enrollment Management, which monitors the request’s processing and return.
  4. Once the Office of Enrollment Management verifies the initial validity of the student’s request, it sends all materials to the appropriate curriculum area Chair for their review and written decision.
  5. The curriculum area Chair reviews the request, and returns a signed decision – approval or denial – to the Office of Enrollment Management and the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs; Final approval is made by the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs.
  6. The Office of Enrollment Management informs the student of the final decision.
  7. If the student’s request has been approved:
    1. The Office of Enrollment Management sends all materials (originals) to the Registrar’s Office at Hunter College, where the student’s record is updated; the student will be given duplicates.
    2. The Office of Enrollment Management directs the student to the Director of Student Services for subsequent advisement.

Note: No more than six credits of graduate study in fields other than social work will be accepted. A maximum of six credits of non-social work graduate coursework may be transferred to the School if these credits were taken in related fields within the last five years.


Courses Subject to Waiver or Transfer

Courses that may be considered either for waiver or credit transfer are the first Social Welfare Policy and Services course, (SSW 701), the two required courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment (SSW 711 and 712), and the Social Work Research courses (SSW 751and SSW 752). Practice method courses generally cannot be waived.

Note: Waiver of courses does not release a student from the necessity of completing the total number of credits required for the degree. Transfer credits, when approved by the Office of the Dean, can be used toward the degree.


Guidelines for Research I and II Waiver/Credit

Please Note: All waivers and transfer credits must be formerly requested and approved. For information and procedures around requesting waivers or transfer credits for Research Courses, please reach out to Rob Lorey, Director of student Services (

Most students entering the SSSW MSW Program will have taken an undergraduate research methods and a statistics course. That is the case also for most BSW students. The reason the research faculty asks that all students take the research 1 MSW course is that it focuses on research in social work and social welfare, and develops an understanding of the implications of research for social work practice, policy and research. The research faculty feels that if there is a course to be waived, it is preferable for students to waive out of research 2 (having obtained a B or better in the last 5 years) since we no longer have students carrying out their own original studies, and the statistics may be redundant if they did statistics at the undergraduate or graduate level.

If students want to waive out of Research 1, they will need to fulfill the same criteria as indicated in our proposal for other non-Hunter BSW applicants–having a B or better in their research course completed within the past 5 years, presenting a copy of their research project and an additional reflection statement (no more than 2 pages in length) of how the research problem addressed the needs of participants from a social work and social justice perspective.

The rationale for having students take research 1 is: 1) To ground their knowledge of research in social work/welfare; 2) Increase their skills in becoming consumers of research in social work/welfare with the goal of helping them to understand how research informs social work practice as well as how practice informs research (CSWE’s Competency #6; which is not covered in their undergraduate or non-MSW research).

As an Advanced Standing student, there may be special consideration made around Research courses taken in your undergrad program. You may submit supporting documents for review- following the steps outlined.

Note: There are specific deadlines each semester for the submission of the Transfer of Credit Waiver Request form. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management or your academic advisor to confirm submission deadlines for the semester you are considering.


  1. Hunter’s BSW program applicants:
  2. Since the research course in Hunter’s BSW program is grounded in social work, students with a B or better in the course (taken within the past 5 years with transcript showing proof of grade) could waive out of Research I.
  1. Applicants from other BSW programs:
  2. Students with a B or better in Research Methods (taken within the past 5 years, with transcript showing proof of grade) could waive out of Research I with the provision that they submit the following:
    1. A copy of their graded research project; and
    2. A competency essay stating what their understanding is of research in social work.
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