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College of Social Work

Admission and Application Requirements

To be considered for the Master of Social Work program, you must meet the admission requirements of both The Graduate School and the College of Social Work.

Admission Criteria

Admission to our MSW program is competitive. Each application is carefully reviewed to determine if the candidate fully meets admission criteria.

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our MSW program.  Supporting materials are required along with the application for graduate admission. Prospective students are encouraged to review the degree requirements before applying to the program. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

Admission Requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants  to the Advanced Standing program must have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program within the last six years.

2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must submit official Graduate Record Examination scores within the last five years. Successful applicants typically have a score of 4 on the analytical writing portion of the current general GRE. The GRE is not required of applicants with a master's degree and minimum 3.00 GPA from an accredited institution.

3. Evidence of intellectual maturity, emotional stability, motivation and capacity to work with people.

4. 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.

5. Current resume that outlines education, work and volunteer activities.

6. Autobiographical statement

7. Demonstrated commitment to the values of the social work profession.

Additional Notes

  • An interview may be required.
  • Information about official transcripts can be found on the Graduate School’s website and in the Graduate Admissions Bulletin.
  • International applicants are required to meet additional requirements such as language and English proficiency. Please see the International Applicants website for more information. 

Applicants are also encouraged to visit the International Student Services website for more information about visas, immigration and required documents.


Transfer of Course Credits

You may transfer course credits from another CSWE-accredited master's  program, according to the policy in the Graduate Academic Regulations Bulletin. Students in the Full-time and Part-time options may transfer up to 18 semester hours of graduate credit. Students in the Advanced Standing program option may transfer up to 15 semester hours of graduate study. A formal written request for transfer must be made at the time of application for admission.

If admitted, you must complete the Request for Transfer for Graduate Credit Form. Transcripts, course descriptions and syllabi must be submitted to the Admissions Office in the College of Social Work. The MSW Program Coordinator reviews and approves requests for transfer of course credit. 

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