Admission to the MSW program is based on measures of academic preparation. To apply, applicants must submit the following materials: (a) a Graduate School application, (b) a School of Social Work application, (c) official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, (d) a personal statement of educational and career goals and two additional written essays following guidelines provided in the social work application, (e) three letters of recommendation, one from a professor in the applicant’s undergraduate major field of study, one from a work or volunteer supervisor, and a third from another professional source not related to, or a friend of, the applicant, (f) a statement regarding the applicant’s mental health and past criminal activity, (g) a signed copy of the Code of Ethics indicating the student agrees to follow professional social work ethics (h) in the case of international applicants for whom English is not the native language, TOEFL scores, and (i) a nonrefundable application fee. These requirements are explained in more detail in the following sections.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Social Work program must apply for admission to the university's Graduate School and simultaneously to the School of Social Work. Only applicants who have earned at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States or abroad will be admitted. Admission to the master's program in social work requires that applicants be jointly admitted by the Graduate School and by the School of Social Work.