MSW Program Application Instructions

Please note that applicants must submit two applications.

  • ·The MSW Program Application materials are to be submitted directly to the UAA School of Social Work.
  • ·The UAA Graduate Application for Admission is submitted separately to the UAA Admissions office with the required fee.


Provide transcripts demonstrating an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.Official transcripts must be sent by each college or university attended since high school graduation. Order transcripts by September 15. Order printed transcripts sent to the School of Social Work (attn: MSW Admission, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage AK 99508).Copies will be secured for Admission Committee review and the originals forwarded to UAA Enrollment Services(Exception:Transcripts from University of Alaska system programs or campuses are not required.)Electronic transcripts should be sent to:

Please be sure to order transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have attended, even from institutions where the number of credits earned was minimal.Failure to order all transcripts, and late arrival of transcripts, are a primary cause of delayed review of applications.If you order transcripts after December 1, you are strongly advised to request expedited delivery.It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that transcripts have been sent and that they have been received.

The applicant's undergraduate education should reflect a sound liberal arts foundation.In particular, undergraduate coursework in the following areas must have already been completed, or the applicant must be prepared to complete the courses before beginning the MSW program:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Human Biology
  • Human Development Across the Life Span

Prospective applicants to the program must have already completed these prerequisite courses, or be prepared to do so before enrolling in MSW courses.

Grades of 'C' or better must be earned for each course.

The human biology and human development courses provide educational background for understanding the bio-psycho-social determinants of human behavior.The applied statistics course provides exposure to objective knowledge development.

Applicants wishing to satisfy the above prerequisites through the University of Alaska Anchorage campuses should look for the following courses:

  • To satisfy the life span human development requirement: PSY 150, Life Span Development;
  • To satisfy the applied statistics prerequisite requirement:STAT 252, Elementary Statistics or PSY 453, Application of Statistics to the Social Sciences;
  • To satisfy the human biology prerequisite requirement:BIOL 100, Human Biology; BIOL 102, Introductory Biology; BIOL 111 or 112, Human Anatomy and Physiology I or II; BIOL 113 or 114, Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology I or II; BIOL 115 or 116, Fundamentals of Biology I or II.

Other courses may also satisfy the above requirements.Please feel free to contact the School of Social Work with questions about specific courses.

Note: Transcripts should show a Grade Point Average (GPA) in undergraduate course work of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Admissions Committee may make exceptions, taking into account special circumstances based on their review of the entire application packet.A GPA in undergraduate social work courses of 3.5 is required for admission with advanced placement, as well as grades of 'A' or equivalent in all field education courses.

Note: Applications will be accepted from BSW students in the final year of their program, as long as the BSW degree will be granted by the following July.


Submit a completed, signed and dated MSW Program Application form.Include with it the following:

1.Three reference forms submitted as part of the applicant's packet and coming from one or more of the following sources.(Only three references are required.If additional letters are submitted, the Committee may choose to review only three of those letters.)

  • An academic source
  • An employment or professional source
  • A volunteer service or volunteer supervisory source

2.A Personal statement in answer to questions and statements on page 3 of the MSW Program Application. The personal statement must be printed, double spaced and adhere to stated page limits. Ensure that your name appears on each page.

3.Writing Sample: The writing sample should be typed with double-spacing.Do not exceed three (3) pages in length.The writing sample will be reviewed for content, critical thinking, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Subject for the writing sample:Analyze a social problem of great concern to you and relevant to the practice of social work.Discuss the key factors contributing to the social problem, and the current policies responding to the problem.Share ideas you have for how the problem may be addressed or prevented, and the leadership roles you might undertake as a social worker in addressing this problem.

4.Current professional resume

Do not submit a payment with the program application. There is no fee attached to MSW program review.Any payment sent will be returned to the applicant.

Submission format:Submit all applications materials in one envelope with pages of each item paper-clipped or stapled together.Do not submit in a notebook or folder; these must be discarded prior to committee review.

If you are applying for Advanced Placement Review please carefully read the following:

Criteria to apply for admission with advanced placement:

Only those applicants who have received a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the past five years from a degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education are eligible to apply for review for advanced placement in the UAA MSW program.Applicants requesting review for advanced placement must provide additional materials as outlined below which will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.

Acquisition of a BSW degree from an accredited BSW program does not in and of itself demonstrate that the applicant is ready for advanced placement to the MSW Concentration curriculum.

Applicants for admission to advanced placement must meet a higher standard in writing skills, grade point average, and the articulation and conceptualization of social work knowledge, than applicants to the foundation curriculum.Failure to provide all required information by the stated deadline will result in a denial of the applicant's request for advanced placement.A GPA of 3.5 in BSW program core courses (course work in the Human Behavior, Policy, Research, Practice and Practicum sequences) is required.A grade of "A" or equivalent must have been earned in each field placement course. The Admissions Committee may make exceptions taking into account special circumstances based on their review of the entire application packet.

The MSW Admissions committee reserves the right to require additional coursework dependent upon their assessment of a student's readiness for graduate education.

Reference forms should follow guidelines listed above under Step 2.Please note that a reference from the BSW program coordinator or chair, coordinator of the field work/practicum coordinator or from the student's academic advisor is required and should specifically address readiness for advanced placement to the concentration portion of the MSW program.Other recommended sources for references are:Social work faculty member; other college or university faculty; work supervisor, or other professional; supervisor or colleague in volunteer or other community service activities.

If careful reading of the materials in this packet does not answer your questions please call (907) 786-6900; e-mail or write to:

University of Alaska Anchorage
School of Social Work
Attn:MSW Admissions
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

We will indicate by email to the address listed on the program application if your application is complete, or, if it is not complete, identify the deficiencies.It is your responsibility to ensure that all required materials, including letters of reference and official transcripts, have been received by the UAA Admissions Committee.Only when the application packet is fully complete will it be read by the committee.Applications still incomplete after February 15 may be automatically denied without further notice.

The MSW Admissions Committee is composed of faculty of the UAA School of Social Work and members of the professional social work community.Applications received by January 15 will be reviewed before May 1.Late applications are accepted at the discretion of the Admissions committee; reviews and responses for late applications may be delayed beyond May 1.

If the Admissions Committee determines that an applicant is qualified and acceptable for admission but has already completed its selections to the entering class, that applicant may be offered a place on the waiting list. The applicant will be asked to confirm in writing by June 1 his/her interest in remaining on the waiting list.Without this notice, the waiting list position will be given to another qualified applicant.

Please notify us promptly in writing if you no longer wish to be considered for admission.

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