Apply to MSW Program

Admission to the Master of Social Work program as a degree-seeking student is limited to the fall term only. Each fall, approximately 370 new students enter the MSW program. Admission to the School of Social Work is competitive. The selection process includes an evaluation of each applicant's demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, practitioner, and leader in the social work field.

  MSW Applicants International & Non-Baccalaureate
MSW Applicants
Early Application Deadline December 1, 2015 December 1, 2015
Priority Deadline March 1, 2016 February 1, 2016
Application Deadline August 1, 2016 March 1, 2016
Application Instructions Fall 2016 Fall 2016

Applicants are required to review the School of Social Work website and Instructions for Online MSW Application before completing the MSW application. The application form provides information upon which decisions for admission are based and it is imperative to give complete and accurate data. The School reserves the right to withdraw an application and/or revoke an offer of admission if full and accurate information is not provided to the School in a timely manner.

We utilize a modified rolling admissions process and encourage applicants to submit the application and all supporting documents at the earliest date possible.


Admissions decisions are based primarily on an evaluation of previous undergraduate and graduate work, recommendations, experience in the human services (paid, volunteer, research, and internship), and the applicant's written supplementary statement. Applicants for admission to the MSW program are expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with competitive grades, from an accredited institution.
    Note: Prospective students applying under the Provisions for Non-Baccalaureate Degree Applicants do not have to meet this requirement.
  2. An undergraduate record that reflects a liberal arts perspective. Students are required to have a minimum of 20 academic semester credits in psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, political science, government, and/or languages prior to enrolling in the School of Social Work. Students need to have coursework from three or more disciplines in order to meet the liberal arts minimum credits. Students who do not meet the requirement may be admitted on the condition that this requirement is met prior to enrollment in the MSW program. Admitted applicants who do not meet the liberal arts criteria will be notified in their letter of admission of the specific conditions that must be met.
  3. Intellectual and personal qualities likely to lead to roles and careers that have centrality in the social welfare system. This includes a commitment to engage in social work roles that involve social welfare institutions and systems most likely to have an effect on major social problems and that serve the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in our society.
  4. Personal qualifications considered essential to the successful practice of social work, such as sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, concern for the needs of others, adaptability, good judgment, critical thinking, creativity, integrity, and skill in oral and written communication.

Note: No admissions tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT) are required for admission to the MSW degree program.


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