MSW Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements, plus these program requirements to be considered for admission:

  • an undergraduate CUMULATIVE grade point average of 2.75 or better (including undergraduate course work from ALL colleges attended and each attempt of any repeated courses).
  • satisfactory completion of at least 21 semester credits in social and behavior science areas such as psychology, sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, or their equivalent.
  • three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's personal and professional background and potential for success in social work. (See application materials for more specific information).
  • submission of a narrative statement including work experience and professional goals.

Admission to the MSW program is limited and competitive. Factors considered in evaluating applicants are academic preparation and achievement, personal qualifications and maturity, volunteer and employment experience, and potential and aptitude for both graduate study and professional practice in social work.

A very limited number of applicants are admitted to the MSW program on probation. Those applicants whose cumulative undergraduate gpa is below 2.75 should refer to the University policies regarding criteria for admission on probation.

Application must be made to both the Graduate School and the School of Social Welfare. The deadline for application is January 2, each year. Applicants are admitted only for the Fall semester each year.