Admission to our MSW program is competitive. Each application is carefully reviewed to determine if the candidate fully meets admission criteria.
Admission to the MSW program is based on meeting the following criteria:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must submit a Graduate Record Examination score taken within the last five years. Successful applicants typically have a score of 4 on the analytical writing portion of the current general GRE.
- Evidence of intellectual maturity, emotional stability, motivation and capacity to work with people.
- Minimum of two letters of reference from individuals such as professors, employers or supervisors who can provide a detailed assessment of the applicant’s specific qualifications for both graduate studies and master’s-level social work practice.
- Current resume that outlines education, work and volunteer activities.
- Autobiographical statement.
- Demonstrated commitment to the values of the social work profession.
An interview may be required.
International students must also submit the following:
- Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL or IELTS as required by The Graduate School for international applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants to the Korea-based MSW Program are exempt from this requirement.
- Financial resource requirement (mandated by U.S. government regulations).
- Application for immigration.
University of South Carolina International Student Services is a key resource and guide for immigration and cultural matters, such as obtaining and renewing visas, so that you can achieve your educational and personal goals in the United States.
How to Apply
We offer three program options: Advanced standing, full-time and part-time.
Advanced Standing Application Deadlines
- Priority: December 1
- Final: February 1
Applicants must have completed a BSW degree within the last six years from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program
Classes begin in the summer term.
Full-time and Part-time Application Deadlines
- Priority: February 10
- Final: March 1
Classes begin in the fall term.
Students are encouraged to set aside enough time — usually about two to three weeks — to complete the application process. Although The Graduate School typically processes submitted materials in one to two business days, it can take much longer for issuing parties to gather and submit your supporting documents. No supporting materials should be sent until online application is complete.
Get a real-time view of the activity taking place with your application, including your admissions decision. Log in to see whether your recommendations, scores, transcripts and other supporting documents have been received.
The admissions committee begins reviewing candidates in January. Your application will be reviewed once all supplemental documents have been submitted to The Graduate School. The review process for completed applications takes about four to six weeks.
Transfer Student Application Process
If you are a student enrolled at another MSW program, you must complete the same application process and meet the same admission requirements as other degree candidates. A formal written request for transfer must be made at the time of application for admission.
If admitted, you must complete the transfer for graduate credit form [pdf]. A maximum of 18 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from other institutions accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. After reviewing the course syllabi provided by you, the associate dean for academic affairs will evaluate your transcript to determine which hours are transferrable.
International Student Application Process
If you are an international applicant, you must complete the same application process and meet the same admission requirements as other degree candidates. International students also must meet additional College of Social Work admission criteria (see above).