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The next application cycle will open August 1, 2022, for admission in Fall 2023.

We are currently transitioning to a new application system.

Detailed application instructions will be available before the next application cycle begins.

Dates & Deadlines


The Admissions Committee engages in a holistic review process, drawing information from the following sources:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Three professional recommendations
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Social Work Practice Timed Case Study
  5. Resume

Occasionally, the Admissions Committee will request an interview with an applicant. Applicants may not request interviews.


Bachelor’s Degree

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).

Minimum GPA:

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.

Prerequisite Classes:

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. 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.

MSW 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:


No standardized test is required

No, they just need to be completed before beginning the program.

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.

A request to transfer from another MSW program into the Advanced Standing MSW program may, under very specific circumstances, be approved.

Regardless of how many related credits have been taken at another institution, the university will only accept up to 6 transfer credit hours. Transferred courses must have a grade of “B” or higher.

Gaining relevant experience, whether paid or volunteer, is more likely to strengthen an application than returning to school for another Bachelor’s degree. However, in some cases (such as a low undergraduate GPA) completing a BSW may be helpful. If you are interested in discussing the BSW program, please contact a BSW Advisor.

No, only students currently enrolled in the program can take MSW courses.

Currently, our MSW programs only have one start date a year. The Advanced Standing MSW begins in the summer, and all other MSW programs start in the fall.

We offer both campus and online learning options. Our academic advisors can help you determine the MSW program option that works best for you.

An appointment with a pre-MSW advisor can be scheduled through our Academic Advising page.

The University of Utah program does not grant academic or practicum credit for life experience or previous work experience.
Last Updated: 4/15/22