Admission Requirements — Master of Social Work
Applicants to the M.S.W. program will need:
- Earned Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in any discipline, with a liberal arts background;
- Grade point average of 2.75/4.0 scale overall;
- A “Personal Statement”;
- Two (2) letters of recommendation;
- Commitment to high standards of personal and professional conduct, as reflected in the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics;
- Completion of a basic statistics course with a grade of "C" or better (preferably prior to enrollment)
- Personal characteristics indicative of the capacity for professional practice as evidenced by:
- personal maturity;
- a high level of personal integrity, readiness to identify with the values and ethical principles of the social work profession;
- commitment to social justice and to improvement of the condition of vulnerable and oppressed groups.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are encouraged to seek persons who are acquainted with their professional, career, and/or academic abilities. Recent B.S.W. graduates are encouraged to submit at least one (1) of two (2) letters from academic references (field instructor/supervisor, college professor). Applicants who are not recent graduates are encouraged to seek professional/career letters of recommendation.
Admission Review Process
The School of Social Work strives to recruit a diverse group of students who have had relevant and significant work and life experiences, and who can relate to diverse and vulnerable populations. The M.S.W. Admission Committee will consider factors relating to the applicant’s academic ability, work, service, and extracurricular experience, especially as they relate to promotion and development of resilient communities, organizations, social groups, families and individuals.
In reviewing applications, M.S.W. Admission Committee members evaluate all transcripts, the “Personal Statement”, and letters of recommendation. Admission interviews are conducted on a selected basis. If an interview is conducted, the applicant's admission materials are reviewed and questions regarding the M.S.W. program are answered.
Applicants may be admitted to the M.S.W. program provisionally, pending the receipt of (final) official transcripts or other required documents not yet received by the School of Social Work. Applicants may also be admitted to the M.S.W. program on a conditional basis. For further details, please refer to the M.S.W. Student Handbook.
Potential applicants for the M.S.W. program should note that a criminal background may render them ineligible for a field internship which is a requirement to complete the M.S.W. program. The applicant may also be ineligible for licensure after graduation. Once admitted to the M.S.W. program, students are required to complete a national background check.
Students who have earned a B.S.W. degree (within the last five years) from a C.S.W.E. accredited institution and who have: 1) demonstrated outstanding academic achievement of at least a 3.2 GPA in their social work courses, 2) excellence in the field demonstrated by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's field placement supervisor, and, 3) a personal statement which reflects strong knowledge of the foundation course requirements learned in the senior year (of the B.S.W. program), are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing requires 30 semester hours for the completion of the M.S.W. degree.