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

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Four professional recommendations
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Clinical & Ethical Case Study Analysis
  5. Timed Social Issues Essay
  6. 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. Details on the GPA Appeal Petition can be found in the application instructions.

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. 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.


MSW Prerequisite Courses


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.

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 it be paid or volunteer, is more likely to strengthen an application than returning to school for another bachelor’s. 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 BSW Advisor Elizabeth Perez at

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.

Currently, our program is a campus-based program only. However, there are a few electives offered during the second year of study that are offered online.

An appointment with a pre-MSW advisor can be scheduled through our Academic Advising page.
Last Updated: 7/31/19