Important Information for MSW Applicants
Thank you for considering an application to our MSW program. To ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in a timely fashion, please consider the following suggestions. These suggestions are based upon student experiences with the admissions process and “frequently asked questions” that we receive:
- Please complete the Social Work application IN ITS ENTIRETY and proofread it to ensure that it has been completed.
- Make sure your residency form is completed and turned in with your application when you submit it to Graduate Admissions.
- Complete the Immunization form and either turn it in with your application to Graduate Admissions or send it to Student Health Services.
- Ensure that your letters of references are written on the School of Social Work Reference Form. Free-form letters and general university reference forms are not acceptable. If you want to submit free-form letters in addition to the Social Work Reference Form, please have your referees attach them to the Social Work Reference Form and they will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
- The School of Social Work Admissions Committee prefers professional letters of reference, ideally completed by supervisors or managers who are familiar with your work and suitability for professional education. If you have worked in a professional capacity, references from your supervisor in this setting would be ideal. Otherwise, consider references from supervisors who have overseen your work in a non-professional capacity (e.g., people who have supervised your volunteer work, clerical work, or manual work). References of supervisors are preferable to references from co-workers, though these will be considered. Academic references (from professors or post-high school instructors) will be accepted in lieu of professional references. Personal references (from family members or friends) are not acceptable.
- If you think your GPA might be under the 3.0 minimum GPA (as calculated over the last 60 credits of your undergraduate degree), you may not be eligible for admission. You can ask your academic advisor for help with calculating your GPA. The MSW program enforces this minimum requirement because GPA has proven to be the best predictor of success in the rigorous MSW program. If you have a GPA less than 3.0 and you believe that you can demonstrate you have the capacity to complete the program successfully, you can complete the Petition for Exceptional Circumstance. If you have a GPA of less than 3.0, please consider:
- Taking the GRE (a score of 1000 or higher will be looked upon favorably, though this does not guarantee admission);
- Taking graduate level courses in another program to show that you can succeed in graduate level education;
- Completing a BSW degree (which can be done in 2 years if you have another degree) and then apply to the Advanced Standing MSW Program (which can be completed in 9 months, though eligibility depends upon a 3.5 GPA in the MSW Program); or
- Talking to an academic advisor to help you find a related program that does not have the same GPA requirement.
Remember that simply writing a Petition for Exceptional Circumstance does not guarantee admission. Simply stating that you had a disability or medical condition during your undergraduate studies is not sufficient to allow for admission. You must still demonstrate ability to succeed (consult the Student with Disabilities Office if you have questions about how to ensure appropriate accommodations for your disability).
- Advanced Standing applicants need to complete section 8 of the School of Social Work Application. If you do not complete this section and you do not meet the Advanced Standing requirements, you will not be admitted as a Regular Standing Student.
- The deadline for applications is May 1. Admission to the MSW program is on a rolling basis.
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