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Preparing You for Success in the Online MSW

Before beginning your application, we recommend reviewing our step-by-step How to Apply guide and the Master of Social Work (MSW) program requirements outlined below. Ensuring you have all required documents and letters will help expedite the application process. If you have any questions regarding the admissions process or application requirements, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) will be reviewed on an individual basis and considered for provisional admission; an interview and additional writing sample may be required.
  • Two personal statements:
    • Discuss how a personal life experience influenced your choice of social work as a profession
    • Describe in detail a relevant social problem: How have you addressed this problem so far and how you will address this problem as a social worker?
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional or academic reference
  • Official transcript(s) of all previous colleges attended
  • $50 non-refundable application fee submitted by credit card

Advanced Standing

For students applying for Advanced Standing, the following additional requirements must be met:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Final fieldwork evaluation from the BSW program
  • An additional letter of reference from the director of the BSW program or the faculty advisor addressing student's readiness for Advanced Standing

Steps to Apply

Task Day Length of Time
Create Element account 1 5 min
Complete application through Step 3 1 20 min
Upload resume 1 10 min
Upload unofficial transcripts 1 10 min
Request official transcripts 3 20 min
Enter recommenders in Element 3 20 min
Upload essays 5 2 days
Pay application fee 5 10 min
Complete and submit application 5 10 min
Submit letter of intent (if applicable) 10 10 min
Pay enrollment deposit varies 10 min

Transfer Students

Students transferring from an accredited MSW program can receive transfer credit for courses with a B-average or above. Each student transcript is reviewed on an individual basis and credits will be awarded accordingly. In addition to the above application requirements, transfer students must submit their final fieldwork evaluation.

International Students

International applicants must meet the following additional requirements:

  • All transcripts and letters of recommendation must be translated and evaluated by an accredited provider
  • TOEFL: Non-native English speakers at the 11th-grade level or above should take the TOEFL test to provide evidence of their English proficiency before beginning academic work. Students must earn, at minimum, 90-91 on the internet-based test, 233 on the computer-based test, or 577 on the paper test.

Student Experience

Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline

October 28th
Spring 2020 Term

Application Deadline

January 16th
Spring 2020 Term

Next Start

January 21st
Spring 2020 Term

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Go Further with 24/7 Student Support

The online MSW program is meant to be a challenge for those who are called to serve, but your success is still our goal. When the moment arrives to ask for help, you'll find full support from faculty advisors, Student Success Coordinators and more.

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Give Shape to Your Purpose

Find Direction for Your Calling

This is your journey toward serving others, and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is proud to be a critical stop along the way. Your work in our online MSW program will help you to refine your passion, discover your purpose, and ultimately shape your impact.

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