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MSW Admissions Information & Application Forms

APPLICATION STATUS: The application cycle for the 2019 academic year opens October 5, 2018.

DEADLINE: Jan. 15, 2019  for the 2019 academic year .

If you would like to talk or meet with Dr. Kimberly Zammitt, the MSW Program Director, about the program or the admissions process, please contact her directly to schedule an invididual meeting.

2019 Application and Admissions Timeline

  • October 2018: Revised Admissions Information will be provied.
  • September, October, November, and December 2018: MSW Information Sessions will be held. Dates, times, and locations will be posted on this page.
  • January 15, 2019: All application materials must be received or postmarked by this date for priority consideration for admission.
  • March 2019: Make sure to apply for Federal Financial Aid with the FAFSA application.
  • March 15, 2019: Applicants who applied by Jan. 15 are notified of their admission status by email.
  • March 15, 2019: ALL later applicant materials must be received for 2019 consideration, if space is available in the program.
  • April 2019: Applicants notify the program of their intent to enroll.
  • April 2019: Calls for applications for Graduate Assistant positions, and stipend programs will be posted, and funding decisions made (separate from FAFSA awards)
  • May 2019: Summer Session Begins. Advanced Standing students take required SOWK 650 AS Seminar course (10 weeks) and Electives area available
  • August 2019: Fall Semester Begins. Traditional (2-yr) students begin required courses.

General Overview of Admissions Requirements

In order to qualify to be admitted and enroll in the MSW Program you need to have:

  • Completed a bachelor degree. For Traditional Program a BA or BS in any field, though it is recommended it be in an area of social, behavioral, or health sciences. For the Advanced Standing (accelerated program), you need to have a bachelor's degree from a CSWE accredited social work program (may be BS, BA, BSW, BSSW). For all applicants, If you have not completed the degree at the time you apply, you must verify that you will complete it and it must be completed before you can begin in the program, if you are admitted. (International Applicants must go through International Credential Review process.)*
  • Earned GPA of at least 3.0 on 4-point scale. (Some exceptions may be considered.)
  • About 20 college credits/about 6 undergraduate courses in areas of social and behavioral sciences. (Some exceptions may be considered).
  • An undergraduate course with human biology content, with a grade of C or better.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics, with a grade of C or better.
  • Documented experience in the human or social services, education, or health care areas either as a paid staff member, intern, or volunteer.

Apply to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which requires:

    • College of Graduate Studies and Research Online application form.
    • An application fee.
    • All previous college transcripts.
    • An immunization form.
    • MSW Application (pdf file available below).
    • Professional Resume.
    • 3 Recommendation Forms with Letters.
    • Professional Statement (prompts are found in the MSW Application).

College of Graduate Studies and Research Online Application

If you have any difficulties with the Online Application system please email If you have difficulties uploading documents into the Online Application system, please email attatchments to

[PDF] 2019 MSW Application for Admission (243 KiB)

Social Work Resources: 

These resources are provided to assist you with your professional statement.

  1. MSW Program Statement on Critical Thinking: [PDF] Critical Thinking in Social Work Education (147 KiB)
  2. [PDF] MSW Program Guidelines to Writing (140 KiB)
  3. NASW Code of Ethics
  4. Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice

For answers to questions about the the admissions process which you cannot find on these pages, please contact: Dr. Kimberly Zammitt, MSW Program Director, Phone: (507) 389-1219