For questions about the Master of Social Work program:

Amy Kirby
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Admission on Probation

Admission on Probation. An applicant whose overall undergraduate grade point-average is 2.5-2.74 (4.0 scale) may be considered for admission on probation by furnishing substantial evidence of ability to do satisfactory graduate work. Such evidence must include at least one of the following:

  • Evidence of an advanced degree (3.0 GPA or above), or a grade point average of 3.0 or above attained during the final two years (60 credits) of the applicant's baccalaureate degree program.
  • Completion of six or more credits of program approved post baccalaureate coursework in an academic area directly related to the graduate program which the applicant has chosen. This must be recent coursework at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level, the grades earned must be a "B" or better ("B-" is not acceptable), and the credits earned cannot be used to satisfy the graduate degree credit requirements.
  • Submission of official score reports of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) which indicate a high probability of success in graduate school. Official is defined as having been sent directly from the testing service to UWM.
  • Graduate applicants with an overall undergraduate grade point average below 2.5, must provide two or more of the following items of substantial evidence.
  • Evidence of an advanced degree (3.0 GPA or above), or a grade point average of 3.0 or above attained during the final two years (60 credits) of the applicant's baccalaureate degree program.
  • Completion of nine or more credits of program approved post baccalaureate coursework in an area directly related to the graduate program which the applicant has chosen. This coursework must be recent coursework at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level, grades earned must be a "B" or better (B- not acceptable), and the credits earned cannot be used to satisfy the graduate degree credit requirements.
  • Submission of official score reports of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate management Admission Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) which indicate a high probability of success in graduate school. Official is defined as having been sent directly from the testing service to UWM.

Applicants are reminded that submission of this evidence does not guarantee admission to the MSW program.

In addition to the above, probationary applicants who are non-native speakers of English and take the TOEFL examination to meet the English proficiency requirement must attain a minimum score of 550.

All probationary students must consult the proposed graduate program unit for further information regarding conditions of probation and the removal of probationary status which are unique to the program unit. It is the graduate program unit responsibility to communicate to the student the specific conditions of probation.

A graduate student, admitted on probation, who does not clear probationary status within three enrolled semesters, must show sufficient cause for continued graduate status or will be "academically dismissed" by the Dean of the Graduate School and Research.