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MSW Admission Qualifications

Admission to the School of Social Work as a matriculated Masters degree candidate is based on meeting the academic qualifications required of all students in the Graduate School plus an evaluation of the applicant’s potential for the profession of social work. The minimum qualifications for admission to the Master’s program are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, university or equivalent.
    • Advanced Standing applicants must have a BSW degree within the past six years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire undergraduate record (emphasis given to last two years of undergraduate work).
    • Advanced Standing applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Liberal Arts foundation

There are no foreign language or entrance examination requirements. It should be emphasized that meeting the academic requirements or previous enrollment in the Non-Degree Program does not guarantee admission. You must show promise of superior achievements and must have suitable preparation for the course of study you wish to undertake. If you are admitted to the School before completing a bachelor’s degree, the admission will remain conditional until receipt of the supplemental transcript of any undergraduate work in progress at the time of acceptance. Applicants who choose the advanced standing option will need their BSW degree conferred prior to the beginning of the advanced standing summer session which starts in mid-July.

Regular MSW students are admitted for the fall term only. Advanced Standing applicants are admitted for the summer term only. No deferment of admission is permitted.

Potential to Succeed in Field Education: An Important Part of Our Program

Field work is an integral and important part of the MSW program. Previous work or life experience cannot be considered for academic credit. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the criteria for field education, including the following:

  • A commitment to the social work profession and social work values
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations and to show respect for differences
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others in professional settings, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to think clearly, analytically and conceptually
  • Maturity and sound judgment
  • Potential for self-awareness
  • Motivation to successfully complete the program and to become a competent social work professional
  • Ability to meet field and class requirements in a timely manner with or without reasonable accommodation

Liberal Arts Requirement

Graduate education in social work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work builds on a solid liberal arts foundation attained at the baccalaureate level. Applicants with a strong liberal arts foundation will have creative, analytical, and dialectical thinking skills gained from their undergraduate education in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, philosophy, and the human and natural sciences. Entering students are expected to possess the intellectual and scholarly preparation needed for written and verbal communication, as well as for synthesizing and conceptualizing knowledge about advanced social work practice. They must also have knowledge about people, diverse cultures, social issues and problems. You must submit evidence of your liberal arts background in both your personal statement and official undergraduate transcript.  Learn more about the types of liberal arts courses that are considered to meet this requirement.