Supplementary Information for Application to MSW Program

The following materials must be submitted to complete the MSW application packet:

  1. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Complete the Online Graduate Application 
  3. MSW Supplemental Packet instructions embedded in the Online Graduate Application

Graduate Application

  1. An official transcript from each graduate and undergraduate institution you have attended.
  2. Student requesting to transfer from another MSW program must include a syllabus for course work, a copy of your field work evaluation and a recommendation from a faculty member of the school from which you are transferring.

Master of Social Work Requirements for Admission

Admission to the MSW program is based on an assessment of prior academic preparation, social work related employment, volunteer experience and/or participation in community activities; and intellectual and emotional readiness for graduate education.

Applicants are evaluated based on the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Submission of all required admission materials. In order to ensure full consideration applications should be received by May 15th.
  3. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (calculated on the last two years of undergraduate study). A limited number of applicants may be admitted with less than the minimum GPA requirement. This exception may be granted to students who have been out of school for five or more years and/or those with references indicating outstanding work experience in human service employment.
  4. A broad liberal arts background with minimum of 33 hours required in the following areas: behavioral sciences, arts and humanities and natural science, and mathematics / statistics. Most applicants will exceed these minimums.
  5. Academic credit cannot be granted for previous life or work experience.
  6. A 3-5 page double spaced essay on your career and educational objectives. Please address the following:
    1. What in your life experience motivated you to pursue a career in social work?
    2. What do you view as your personal strengths and limitations.
    3. What has been your experience with diverse populations (e.g. racial, ethnic, different abled s in field practicum over 4 semesters, please indicate how you plan to meet this commitment.(This is particularly critical for employed students!)
    4. Why do you think you would make a good social work student and an effective social worker?
    5. What are your future career goals and how will an MSW program help you meet them?
  7. A minimum of three letters of recommendation. At least one academic reference is required if you graduated within the last 3 years. Other references should include individuals who have supervised your work, internship, or volunteer experiences and can objectively assess your qualifications for the practice of social work. Advanced standing applicants must have a recommendation and/or evaluation from their undergraduate field instructor.
  8. A resume.

Students with specific academic deficiencies may be asked to complete compensatory undergraduate work prior to admission. Students who do not meet all the requirements but whose experience, achievement, etc. may warrant an exception, may be invited for a personal interview to discuss admission and explore options. Because of limited class size we are not able to accept all qualified applicants.

Note: If you have been convicted of a felony or have been arrested for a crime for which criminal charges are pending, you must attach an explanation of the nature of the crime and relevant facts. (This information cannot be used to automatically disqualify applicants.) Many agencies will require background checks prior to accepting a student for an intern