Incoming Students


Orientation 2022

  • The School of Social Work's Orientation scheduled for August 25, 2022 (additional events offered August 24 and 26). 
  • Title IX Training - Any graduate or professional student enrolled in a graduate program requiring more than 10 credits of in-person instruction or in any other graduate program designated by the Provost is required to complete training in the recognition, prevention and reporting of sexual misconduct, harassment and sexual violence (often known as Title IX training). The required Title IX training offered by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion training can be found here
  • The Office of the Provost - Graduate Studies will be hosting a University-wide orientation on August 23, 2022. Click here for more information. 
  • International Graduate Student Orientation will be held on August 15, 2022 from 2-3:30pm. Click here for more information. 
  • Graduate Student Immigration Check Ins: Tuesday August 16, 2022. Please note that students do not need to sign up for their check in. Rather, they will be contacted by the Office of International Services with their assigned time slot. 

Incoming Student Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations on your acceptance! We look forward to meeting you in the Fall! Visit our FAQ page for some important information to help guide you through the processes following your tuition deposit.

Field Education

Exemption Exams

Incoming students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work are eligible to take exemption exams for Human Behavior and the Social Environment  (HBSE)  and  Generalist Social Work Research course. Additionally, students beginning the MSW Program who have earned their bachelor's in social work and who did not receive advanced standing credit for the mentioned  courses may also wish to take this exam if they believe they have mastered the material. Passing the exam allows exemption from the required course; it does not confer credits.  Students earn those credits by taking another class. 

For the HBSE course, students who have completed undergraduate work in human, family, and community development may know this material and wish to take this exam to determine if they can exempt from this class. The current text book for this class is:   Rogers, A.T. (2019). Human behavior in the social environment (5th ed.). Routledge.

For the Generalist Social Work Research Course, the current text book is:  Engel, R. J., & Schutt, R. K. (2017). Practice of research in social work (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

The exams will be available to take on the following dates & times. Please click below to register for the date/time you wish to take the exam(s):

Friday, July 8 from 8am-5pm
Saturday, July 9 from 8am-5pm

Incoming Student Academic Resources

International Students

All newly accepted international students please refer to the University of Pittsburgh Office of International Services (OIS) website.

Student Organizations

Writing APA Resources

Living in Pittsburgh

Other Resources