MSW Application and Admission Information
Online applications for the 2018-19 academic year are currently being updated and will be available in mid-September. Applications for 2018-19 are due January 15, 2018.
- How to Apply
Complete Applications Include
1. MSW Program Application (paper only at this time) submitted to the UAA School of Social Work. Applicants with CSWE-accredited BSW degrees may be eligible to apply for advanced placement in the program (read instructions for advanced placement carefully). Complete MSW Program applications include:
- Application form
- 3 application reference forms
- a personal statement
- separate writing sample
- professional resume
2. The UAA Graduate Application for Admission (electronic submission or paper available through UAA Enrollment Services). A fee is required with this application.
3. All Transcripts of previous college courses completed. (Exception: Transcripts from the University of Alaska programs/campuses are not required)
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials required for a complete application are received by the School of Social Work, including transcripts ordered from other institutions.
The MSW program reserves the right to request additional materials and/or interviews pertaining to program admission.
- Application Materials
Applications are currently being updated for the next admission period and will be available mid-September 2017.Mail Me an Application Packet!!optional hidden text
Required documents and application instructions will be updated, please ensure you have the correct materials before sumbitting your application this Fall!
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- Notice of Decision
Applicants to the UAA MSW program will receive a written notice of the admission decision from both the UAA School of Social Work and the UAA Office of Admissions. The School of Social Work will notify applicants of the program admission decision in writing by April 1. Admitted applicants will be asked to complete and return an Intent to Enroll form to the School of Social Work in order to confirm their seat in the MSW program. Students admitted to the full-time program will be required to provide field education placement information with the Intent to Enroll form. The deadline to return the enrollment and field form will be listed in the program letter.
The School of Social Work will maintain a wait list. If seats become available in the MSW program, applicants will then be selected from the waitlist to fill those seats prior to the start of summer semester.
Provisional Admission Status – Applicants accepted into the MSW program who are enrolled in the last semester of their undergraduate program or who have not completed the three prerequisite courses will be given a provisional admission. Provisions must be completed prior to the first day of classes of the fall semester of the admission year. If the provisions are not completed by that date, then the student will be removed from degree seeking status.
- ApplicationsApplications to the MSW program are accepted and reviewed once a year. Applications to the MSW program must be post-marked or delivered to the School of Social Work office by January 15. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been submitted. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the MSW Admissions Chair.
- Transfer CreditsUp to nine (9) semester credits earned at a regionally accredited institution and not previously used to obtain any other degree may be transferred to UAA and counted toward degree completion.Transfer credits involving a previously earned graduate degree may be affected by additional university policies.
- Admissions Decisions
- Non-attendance and Re-applicationAn applicant who is admitted to the UAA MSW program but cannot attend should so advise the School of Social Work in writing as early as possible. The UAA MSW program does not permit students accepted into the program to defer admission and enrollment to a later year. Admitted applicants who do not enroll in the program will be removed from degree seeking status after the beginning of the fall semester. However, re-application during the year immediately following initial admission may be streamlined. Admissions materials submitted for the prior year's review can be transferred to the re-application. However, a new School of Social Work MSW Program application form must be submitted, and a new application to UAA Enrollment Services for admission to graduate studies must be made. Please contact the MSW admissions manager for additional information.
- Field Placement NotificationThe UAA MSW Program requires MSW students to complete two years of field placements (480 hours each year). Many field agencies require students to complete a criminal background check, drug screening, or communicable disease screening before accepting a student into the agency. Having a criminal record or being unable to pass drug or communicable disease screenings could impact the ability of the UAA School of Social Work to place a student in a field placement, which may result in the student being unable to complete the field instruction sequence as planned or possibly prevent a student from completing the MSW program.
- Felony Conviction
- Non-Discrimination PolicyUAA and the School of Social Work foster an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful campus that promotes diversity, inclusion, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding, and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment. In accordance with University of Alaska Board of Regents' Policy (P01.02.030) and the NASW Code of Ethics, it is the policy of the School of Social Work that all aspects of the BSW and MSW Programs, as they affect students, faculty, or staff, will be conducted without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, pregnancy or parenthood.