MSW Application Materials and Information

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MSW Admissions Criteria

  • Regionally accredited bachelor’s degree
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
    (Grade point average of 2.5 to 3.0 will be considered for conditional admission)
  • Human services experience a plus
  • Commitment to values and goals of the social work profession

Application Due Date

Applications accepted from September 1 to December 31 for admission the following academic year

  • For best consideration, all materials must be received by December 31
  • The program will receive late materials until February 28 on a space available basis, provided that the application was begun by December 31

Application Materials

  • School of Graduate and Professional Studies Application (online)
  • MSW Application or Advanced Standing Application (embedded in graduate application)
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (must be sent directly by the institution)
  • Two reference letters (educational or professional) from professors and/or a supervisor or colleague
  • Current Résumé
  • Personal statement (details below)

Advanced Standing (for BSW graduates only) please submit the materials above and add the following:

  • Third recommendation letter from BSW faculty advisor or field seminar instructor
  • Field evaluation (mid-year for current BSW students; final evaluation for BSW graduates)
  • For international students, BSW equivalency documentation from CSWE Social Work Degree (View recognition and evaluation services.)

MSW Personal Statement

This essay will show your ability to think analytically, to write clearly, and to promote the values and goals of the social work profession. Your essay should be no longer than four typed pages, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font.

According to the Grand Challenges for Social Work (2019), social work is grounded in a set of core principles that reflect the deepest commitments of the profession: social justice, diversity, inclusiveness, and equity. "These universal guiding principles are what social workers hold to be most worthwhile . . . They guide us in our unwavering commitment to reduce human suffering, promote human development, and enhance human potential."


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