MSW Criteria for Admission

The MSW Program Admissions Committee will admit those applicants whose files reflect the greatest potential for completing the master's level course of study and becoming effective social work practitioners. In the review of applications, we will seek evidence of an applicant's capacity to do graduate level work and to reason logically and think creatively. A successful applicant is expected to reflect attitudes that are congruent with basic social work values, respect for the dignity of all human beings, and a sense of social responsibility. We are interested in how an applicant will maintain the stamina, perseverance and emotional well-being to meet the demands of the program and the profession. It is important to show how you have grown from your experiences, and how what you have learned might impact your social work graduate studies. It is also important to demonstrate that the profession of social work is the right profession for you and that this program, with its unique focus and intent, is the best program for you.

Applications from international students are accepted provided they meet all admission requirements plus those established by the university for foreign students, including a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The requirements include proof of financial support for the duration of the program.

In a competitive admission situation, applicants will be chosen not only on basic criteria, but also in comparison to other applicants. Meeting the basic criteria will not guarantee admission.

The following criteria will be used to rank and evaluate applicants for admission:

  •     Academic potential (based on GPA, academic history, reference letters, and personal statement).
  •     Ability to conceptualize and think critically (demonstrated in personal statement).
  •     Commitment to social work values and ideals (demonstrated in personal statement & reference letters).
  •     Ability to engage in positive helping relationships (demonstrated in reference letters).
  •     Life experience, especially with diverse groups (demonstrated in personal statement & reference letters, and other relevant experience).
  •     Relevant work and volunteer experience (demonstrated in work history).
  •     Quality of writing (demonstrated in personal statement).
  •     Personal qualities and readiness for graduate work (demonstrated by letters of reference and personal statement).

Only COMPLETE applications will be reviewed. Those applications received after the deadline may be considered if space becomes available in the program.