Application Materials

The MSW Program suggests all Standard program applications be completed by March 1, 2017, for fullest consideration; however, applications will be reviewed until programs are filled. 

The deadline for receipt of Advanced Standing applications is January 31, 2017. Advanced Standing applicants interested in a field placement with the Veterans Administration, please contact Dr. Phil Mongan by January 31, 2017. 

Students who are accepted into the Advanced Standing Program will be required to register for the Bridge Course during the summer. Classes will be offered on Saturdays, May through July, with additional work online.  Students who plan on attending through the Advanced Standing Program should be aware that these summer courses are mandatory and attendance will be required on Saturdays.

Full - time students interested in applying for a graduate assistantship award are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of the April 15 deadline.

**More information can be found in the MSW Student Handbook.


PLEASE NOTE: There is a mandatory program orientation for all standard program students on August 20, 2016.

There is a mandatory field placement meeting for all advanced standing and standard program students on August 20, 2016.


 1. Complete the online Application for Graduate Admission and the MSW Program application and submit them both online to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.  

2. Applicants are to provide the College of Graduate Studies and Research office with sealed, official transcripts (one copy) of ALL undergraduate and graduate work from institution(s) of prior and/or current enrollment. Please note: If the transcripts do not include the student’s entire undergraduate program, including the award of the bachelor’s degree, copies of the final transcript also must be sent to the College of Graduate Studies & Research after the student has been awarded the bachelor’s degree.

3. Applicants are to submit three (3) letters of recommendation.  On page 7 of the electronic application applicants are asked to list their references and given the option for each reference to use the online recommendation form.  Please use the online option and ask your references to upload a personal letter, too.  One (1) recommendation is to be acquired from each of three (3) separate sources:  

  • One from a professional currently practicing in the field of human services whom has witnessed the applicant’s practice abilities and can assess the applicant’s suitability/promise as a professional social worker
  • One from a professor, addressing the applicant’s likelihood of success in a graduate level program of study
  • One from an additional source of your choosing (examples: another academic or professional reference, a former employer or colleague)

If you have difficulty obtaining one of the three letters before the application deadline, please write a paragraph explaining why and submit it with your applications. Understand, however, that any acceptance will be conditional on receiving all three letters.

4. Complete Curriculum Options/Degree Path Form

5. Applicants are to fill out the Experiences in Human Services Form. In the event an applicant has no previous experience, a note to that effect should be made on the Experiences in Human Services Form.

6. Applicants are to submit one (1) copy of their current resume reflecting educational, employment, and professional experience.

7. Applicants are to prepare an application essay (4 pages for the personal part; 2 pages for the case study) according to the Instructions for Personal Essay.

8. Applicants are to complete the Legal/Military History Form.

(GRE) Graduate Record Examination/(MAT) Miller Analogies Test are NOT required for admission to the MSW program  

9. The forms requested above can be located by using the following form:  
10. A mandatory seat deposit of $500 is required upon acceptance acknowledging your plan to attend.