Admission requirements of the Social Welfare Department
Newly admitted students may begin classes during the fall semester only. Applications for admission for the following fall should be received by February 1.
Admission requirements include:
A) A master’s degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education
B) Academic promise as evidenced by superior achievement in undergraduate and master’s level education
C) Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination
D) A personal interview
E) Professional competence as demonstrated through substantial experience in responsible social work and/or human services positions supported by three letters of reference including one, if possible, from someone familiar with the applicant’s capacity to conduct research
F) A sample of writing in the form of a published article, a manuscript submitted for publication, a document completed for the applicant’s agency or in connection with a research interest, or a paper prepared in your previous graduate studies
G) Personal qualities indicating a potential for leadership, compatibility with the School’s mission statement, flexibility and openness to new ideas, maturity, a spirit of inquiry, and a commitment to furthering the knowledge base of the profession of social work
H) Competence in quantitative skills as evidenced by performance on the Graduate Record Exam and a college level course in statistics completed with a grade of B or better
Under special circumstances, applications from persons who do not meet all of these requirements will be considered. Applicants without the M.S.W. degree must have a master’s degree in a closely related field and must demonstrate a high potential for success in the program.