MSW Admissions Application GENERAL INFORMATION

Programs Accepting Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

Advanced Standing MSW Program (Salt Lake City & St. George campuses)

Two Year Full-Time MSW Program (Salt Lake City campus)

Application Deadlines

Advanced Standing MSW Program (Salt Lake City & St. George campuses):

Priority Deadline: October 1, 2018
Final Deadline: November 1, 2018

Two Year Full-Time MSW Program (Salt Lake City campus):

Priority Deadline: November 1, 2018
Final Deadline: January 15, 2019

Admission Requirements

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 the MSW Admissions Coordinator prior to applying. Applicants with below a 3.0 cumulative GPA are also required to submit a GPA Appeal Petition as part of their Autobiographical Statement. Details on the GPA Appeal Petition can be found on 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 HBSE
  • Research Methods – must be a social and behavioral sciences class

Click here to see a list of commonly accepted courses from Utah universities.

The classes need to average a “B” grade across the two. No grade lower than a “C” in either class will be accepted.

Applicants can address their prerequisite questions with the MSW admissions coordinator and should scan and email a copy of their transcripts or electronic student report to as early in their application process as possible.

For details on application components, visit the MSW Application Requirements page.

International Students
The University of Utah requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 IBT or 550 PBT or a minimum IELTS score of 6.50. The College of Social Work, due to the intensive need for excellent communication skills, requires a minimum score of 100 IBT or 600 PBT, or an IELTS score of 7.0 to 7.5. International students should review the University of Utah International Graduate Admissions Office requirements and contact International Admissions for details on acceptable international degrees.

There is no specific financial aid to support international students at the College of Social Work MSW Program. Students may pursue scholarship opportunities through the College of Social Work and the University of Utah Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Transfer Students and Life Experience
The MSW Program does not grant social work credit for life experience, previous work experience or another master’s degree program. The College of Social Work cannot accept transfer students from any other MSW program into any of its MSW Program options.

Background Check Information
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 criminal backgrounds may be unable to secure a license. Questions regarding licensing should be directed to DOPL:

Admissions Decision Notification
MSW application decisions are sent via email and are followed by a separate University of Utah decision, which is posted in the applicant’s AY application after final application review by the Office of Admissions. The university will then send an official acceptance letter containing the applicant’s university ID number in the mail.

Admitted MSW applicants who do not satisfactorily complete the following requirements for admission to the MSW Program will be removed from the program and not allowed to begin or continue the MSW studies, and will need to reapply the following year: Bachelor’s graduation, completion of prerequisite courses, and for Advanced Standing MSW Students, successful completion of all BSW program requirements, including practicum.

All admissions decisions are based on the professional judgment of the MSW Admissions Committee, and all decisions are final.

Seating Fee
If admitted, a $150 non-refundable deposit is required by the College of Social Work to confirm acceptance of admission and to hold the student’s place in the MSW Program.

Financial Aid
Applicants should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the University of Utah by the priority deadline for the year they are seeking admission, even if they have not been notified of admission status by that date. The link can be found on the College’s Financial Aid and Scholarships page. Please contact the University of Utah Financial Aid Office if you have questions relating to the FAFSA form. The form is available October 1.

Scholarship Opportunities
Applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the College of Social Work between February 1 and April 30 of the year for which they are seeking admission, even if they have not been notified of admission status by that date. Students interested in need-based scholarships must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 to be considered for such funding awards. The scholarship committee will ensure that all students selected as scholarship recipients have been admitted to MSW Program prior to the awarding scholarships. Scholarship decisions are usually made in July. Please see the College’s Financial Aid and Scholarships page for additional information.

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Last Updated: 3/7/19