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M.S.W. Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate studies must reflect the successful completion of liberal arts courses, including those in the social sciences and humanities which focus on the development of knowledge in communication; social, biological, and behavioral sciences; history; philosophy and the ways in which knowledge is gained and applied; and the value of a multicultural and diverse society.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or above
  • Online application including three electronic reference forms and student-issued transcripts from all previously attended schools regardless of degree status
  • All applicants who have been employed in a social work setting should submit an electronic M.S.W. reference form from at least one supervisor who can address the applicant's knowledge, skill and readiness for graduate social work education as one of the three references
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65 for domestic students and $85 for international students

Deadlines

  • February 15:  M.S.W. application submission
  • February 15 - March 1:  FAFSA priority submission

Admission Process

M.S.W. degree program students are admitted for fall semester only. You can submit applications anytime between Oct. 17 and Feb. 15. All fully completed applications are reviewed upon receipt. Admission decisions are made in the spring of each year. To check the status of your M.S.W. application and to see your decision when it is available, visit Graduate Studies. To ensure your privacy, we are unable to provide admission decisions by telephone. All decision notifications are sent via email.

At the point of application all Social Welfare students must agree to the:

If you have questions about the Technical Standards, please contact the appropriate Program Director at 785-864-4720.

Domestic Students

  • Submitted online application (application link will be available on October 17)
  • Submitted online application

When filling out the Master’s in Social Work online application, you will be responsible for gathering the following supporting materials:

  1. Student-issued transcripts from all previously attended schools regardless of degree status
    (If an applicant is admitted, they will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification before the start of M.S.W. classes. Offers of admission can be rescinded if a lower GPA transcript occurs after submission of M.S.W. application.)
  2. Three letters of reference via the online process
    (The M.S.W. program requires the M.S.W. online reference form and does NOT accept the general Graduate School electronic or paper reference form.)
  3. One narrative statement (questions found on application)
  4. A nonrefundable application fee of $65
  • Transfer Credits

Students who request transfer from other programs accredited by the Council of Social Work Education must first go through the admission process and provide transcripts, a syllabus for each course for which credit is being requested, descriptions of field practicum content, written evaluations of field practicum performance, and the number of practicum clock hours. Course syllabi must include readings, assignments, and weekly topics covered in that class. Students requesting credit transfers or waivers must include these materials by February 15. Transfer or waiver credit will not be offered for courses taken prior to admission for students accepted in the Advanced Standing Program.

International Students

  • Submitted online application (application link will be available on October 17)
  • Submitted online application

When filling out the online application, you will be responsible for gathering the following supporting materials:

  1. All non-native English speakers are required to submit a copy of their TOEFL or IELTS score sheet taken within the past two years that shows each section meeting or exceeding the KU M.S.W. minimum requirements.
  2. Student-issued transcripts from all previously attended schools regardless of degree status
    (If an applicant is admitted, they will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification before the start of M.S.W. classes. Offers of admission can be rescinded if a lower GPA transcript occurs after submission of M.S.W. application.)
  3. Three letters of reference via the online process
    (The M.S.W. program requires the M.S.W. online reference form and does NOT accept the general Graduate School electronic or paper reference form.)
  4. One narrative statement (questions found on application)
  5. A nonrefundable application fee of $85

For more information regarding International Students Services, visit the Office of International Student & Scholar Services.


Questions?

Laurie Ramirez
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
785-864-3883
lramirez@ku.edu

Becky Hofer
Director of Graduate Admissions
785-864-8956
bhofer@ku.edu

Sydney Spears
Director of Edwards Campus Social Welfare Programs
785-864-8557
sspears@ku.edu

Edward Scanlon
M.S.W. Program Director

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