The Admissions Committee engages in a holistic review process, drawing information from the following sources:
- Official transcripts
- Four professional recommendations
- Personal Statement
- Clinical & Ethical Case Study Analysis
- Timed Social Issues Essay
Occasionally, the Admissions Committee will request an interview with an applicant. Applicants may not request interviews.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university is required for admission into all graduate programs at the University of Utah. Only the Advanced Standing MSW Program requires a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree (earned within seven years of applying to the program).
A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required, though lower GPAs may be considered on a case-by-case
basis. Any applicant with below a 3.0 cumulative GPA is advised to meet with an academic
advisor prior to applying.
Applicants with below a 3.0 cumulative GPA are also required to submit a GPA Appeal Petition as part of their Personal Statement. Details on the GPA Appeal Petition can be found in the application instructions.
Admitted students must complete the following prerequisite classes before beginning the MSW Program:
- Human Development Across the Lifespan (birth through end of life) or Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE)
- Research Methods – must be of a research/evaluation and methods/design nature
Courses must be earned for credit. The average grade of the completed courses must be a “B” or higher. No grade lower than a “C” in either course will be accepted.
Applicants are encouraged to refer to the MSW Prerequisite Courses document for detailed information regarding acceptable prerequisite courses.
Criminal Background Checks
Applicants should be aware that the College of Social Work does not conduct criminal background checks; however, many human service organizations and agencies require individuals to pass criminal background checks before entering field placements (practicum). Practicum is required for completion of both the BSW and MSW programs. In addition, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) may ask about criminal history in the application for licensure and may request an explanation. In some instances, candidates with extensive, violent, and/or recent criminal backgrounds may be unable to secure a license. Questions regarding licensing should be directed to DOPL: www.dopl.utah.gov.
No standardized test is required
No, they just need to be completed before beginning the program.
Lack of related experience is a significant disadvantage. Related experience strengthens applications in many ways and it gives applicants the opportunity to become more familiar with the social work field and to learn how it is different from other mental health professions. Find out what counts as related experience.
A request to transfer from another MSW program into the Advanced Standing MSW program may, under very specific circumstances, be approved.