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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Social Work program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of undergraduate course work.

Students must also have completed an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of 'C' or better; and have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work, including word processing and statistical software programs.

A complete application consists of:
  1. The completed application form (see "How to Apply", on left).
  2. One set of official transcripts from each college and university attended (with official verification of graduation).
  3. Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of 'C' or better.
  4. A resume verifying volunteer, internship, or other paid or unpaid experience in social work or human services positions, preferably listing 500 or more hours of service in this field.
  5. Three letters of recommendation; including either two academic and one professional, or two professional and one academic reference letter. (Please note:  personal references will not be accepted.)  Recommendation forms are included in the Admissions Packet.
  6. A personal statement (6-8 pages) stating the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the MSW degree, describing the applicant’s relevant work/volunteer experience, and demonstrating the applicant’s past academic performance.

In accordance with Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards, the MSW program does not grant academic credit for previous life or work experience.