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MSW Admissions Criteria

All applicants must meet basic qualifications to be considered for the MSW program. Those applicants considered among the most qualified, based on the evaluation of their application materials, will be offered admission as space is available in the program.

To be admitted to the MSW program, in addition to satisfying the Graduate School admissions criteria, an applicant must demonstrate at a minimum:

    • Strong academic preparation including a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 or better of undergraduate coursework, a liberal arts background, and demonstrated skill in writing.
      • A grade of C or better is required for the liberal arts prerequisite courses.
      • Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement may submit a Petition for Exceptional Consideration.
    • Clear academic and career goals
    • A strong relationship between his or her interests and faculty interest and school priorities such as public sector practice
    • An understanding of the social work profession
    • An understanding of social justice issues
    • An appreciation of diversity
    • Self-knowledge

Applicants who meet the following additional criteria are highly desirable:

    • Social work or related employment
    • Cross-cultural experience
    • Computer literacy
    • Research skills

Advanced Standing Admissions Criteria

Students admitted with advanced standing generally will not be required to complete coursework in the MSW foundation.

In addition to the MSW general admissions requirements, an applicant for advanced standing must have:

    • A degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited undergraduate social work program within the past eight years.
    • A grade of C or better in the research, social welfare policy, social work practice, human behavior, and field instruction courses.

Graduate Transfer Admission Policy

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