Admissions Advising and Recruiting

The School of Social Welfare Admissions Office guides prospective graduate applicants with online resources, individual admissions advising, group presentations, and recruitment events. Find out more about Berkeley Social Welfare’s admission requirements and application process!

Admissions Inquiries and Advising Appointments

For admissions information inquiries or to schedule an individual admissions advising appointment, contact Berkeley Social Welfare Admissions:

Admissions Open Advising Virtual Office Hours

Have a quick question? Drop-in for virtual Admissions Open Advising hours via Zoom! These are brief, drop-in office hours with no formal presentation or advance appointment required - just an opportunity to ask questions about admissions eligibility, the application process, and other details you might need guidance on as you prepare your application for submission. 

Just click the "Drop by Office Hours Session" link to join any virtual office hours session in progress.


DayTimeLink to Join
Mondays 2:00-4:00 p.m. Pacific Drop by Office Hours Session
Thursdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. Pacific Drop by Office Hours Session

MSW Admissions Information Sessions

Join us for an information session! These group admissions advising sessions provide an overview of the admissions process and degree requirements of the MSW program. 

Please fill out this RSVP form to be added to the calendar invitation and receive the Zoom information.

8/25 4:00 p.m. General Info Session Zoom
9/8 4:00 p.m. General Info Session Zoom
9/22 4:00 p.m. General Info Session Zoom
10/6 4:00 p.m. Child Welfare Scholars (Title IV-E) Info Session Zoom
10/20 4:00 p.m. General Info Session Zoom
10/27 4:00 p.m. Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health Info Session  Zoom

Graduate Recruiting Events

Come meet Berkeley Social Welfare admissions representatives and learn more about our programs at one of these events!

10/18 - 10/22  UC Berkeley Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair  TBA
10/21  UC Davis Grad/Law Fairs - Humanities/Social Sciences 11:00 – 2:00
10/22 - 10/23 California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education TBA
10/25 - 10/28 CSU Monterey Bay Graduate and Professional School Fair TBA

For UC Berkeley Students

Current Cal undergrads are warmly invited to meet current grad students in person and hear firsthand about their experiences! Please reach out to Jill Berrick or Victoria Juárez with any questions.

Demystifying Grad School

Thursday, September 30
4:00 - 5:30 in 116 Haviland Hall

Is grad school for me? Can I go? Should I go? Have you pondered these questions and want to figure out if grad school is in your future? Please join us for an information conversation with doctoral students in the School of Social Welfare to talk about graduate school and answer all of your burning questions.

MSW Student Panel

Tuesday, November 9
4:00 - 5:30 in 116 Haviland Hall

Hear from current MSW students about their experiences in the MSW program. What kinds of classes do they take? What are their internship experiences? How do they organize their time? How do they blend school/work/family/self?

PhD and Concurrent Degree Program Admissions Advising

Due to the individualized complexity of these programs, we are available to connect one-on-one with applicants considering the PhD, Combined MSW/PhD, or any of the Concurrent Degree program options. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail the Graduate Advisor for Admissions, Sara McCarthy, at

At Berkeley Social Welfare, we value diversity in all of its forms. We welcome all interested applicants, particularly those who identify as underrepresented
minorities, LGBTQIA+, first-generation, low-income, disabled, and international scholars.