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Admission Requirements

Foundation Program

Fall admission only

  • Completed application for admission
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended; transcripts must include baccalaureate and higher (if applicable) degrees earned and dates conferred (download instructions for submitting transcripts from outside the United States and transcripts not in English ).
  • Personal statement (minimum of two typewritten pages, double-spaced) addressing the following areas: motivation for graduate studies, motivation for social work; social work related experiences; social work career goals; understanding of and identification with Worden School of Social Service mission
  • Three letters of recommendation: At least one from an academician, others from employers or supervisors; forms are included with application packet
  • Résumé to include professional and volunteer social work experience (applicant may use the résumé form included with application packet)
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on all undergraduate work attempted for the baccalaureate degree or 3.00 on the last 60 semester hours
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours in liberal arts.

Advanced Program

Fall, spring and summer admission

In addition to the regular program admission requirements, applicants to the advanced standing 30-hour program must have the following:

  • A bachelor of social work degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in the undergraduate social work major in both academic and practicum courses

Admission Deadline

Applications are reviewed upon receipt. Accepted applicants will be notified promptly.

  • Deadline for submitting all credentials for priority consideration for fall and summer admission into the Master of Social Work program is April 2.
  • Deadline for submitting credentials for priority consideration for spring admission into the Master of Social Work program is Nov. 1.

Applications completed after these dates will be considered on a space available basis.Upon acceptance to the MSW program, an advance tuition deposit of $100 is required to confirm enrollment in the entering class.

The deposit is due by June 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester.

Application Review

Each application is independently reviewed by at least two Worden School of Social Service faculty members. The faculty consider the Grade Point Average, personal statement and letters of reference in the admissions process.

Reviewers may recommend admission into the program, conditional admission into the program, or non-admission to the program. If there is a disagreement, a third reviewer is assigned. No admission decision is made without the concurrence of at least two faculty reviewers.

Special Admission

Special admission into the MSW program must be approved by the dean and is only granted to transient students wishing to transfer graduate credit to a home institution, or a post master's student wishing to take graduate credit for special interest.

Before registering, an applicant for special admission must submit official transcript(s) showing degree awarded, to include master's degree if applicable. Transient students need only submit a letter of good standing from their home institution verifying graduate status.