MSW Admissions Information

The application deadline for the Spring 2017 semester is October 15, 2016. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be received in the School of Social Work by that date.  You may want to check out our FAQ page before starting your application.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

Also note:

The MSW Application Process

Please read all of the instructions carefully before you begin.

  1. Complete the online Graduate School Application form and submit the $50.00 one-time application fee. Once your application has been processed, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email with your student ID number.   
  2. Request official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended be sent to the UMSL Graduate Admissions Office.  Transcripts must be received by the applicable deadline. Hand‑carried credentials are not accepted. For more information contact the Graduate School Admissions Office. 
  3. Attach each section of the application packet (i.e. MSW application & resume, essays, acknowledgment forms)  in a single email and submit to  We prefer electronic submission, however applications will also be accepted by mail or hand delivery to: The School of Social Work, MSW Program, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 121 Bellerive Hall, 1 University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121-4400. Please note that sending a hardcopy through the U.S. mail may result in a lost or late application. 
  4. Arrange for three (3) Recommendation Forms to be submitted as outlined in the Recommendation Form Instructions. Letters of recommendation accompanying the forms are strongly encouraged. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure these recommendations are received by the School of Social Work prior to the application deadline.

 MSW Application and Supplemental Materials

Advanced Standing

You may be eligible for up to 24 credit hours of Advanced Standing if you have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited BSW program within the past 5 years, and you have earned at least a “B” in each of the qualifying courses. Some courses may be accepted for Advanced Standing for up to 10 years if you have been working for at least 5 years in social work or a closely related field. Click here for the list of courses that qualify for Advanced Standing.

For further information or questions, please contact the MSW Office at 314.516.7665 or send an email to