MSW Application and Admission Information

 

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are currently being updated and will be available in late August.  Applications for 2018-19 are due January 15, 2018.

MSW Application

  • 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-August 2017.

    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.

Admission Criteria

  • Criteria for Admission to the MSW Program
    • Bachelor's degree with a sound liberal arts foundation from an accredited college or university (or the equivalent if degree was earned outside of the U.S.). The liberal arts baccalaureate should include a minimum of 45 semester credits or 68 quarter credits which reflect the following liberal arts classes:
      • Two university courses in the humanities (history, philosophy, languages, literature or similar disciplines);
      • Two university courses in the social sciences (political sciences, sociology, anthropology, psychology or similar disciplines;see note below concerning human development);
      • One university course in the fine arts (music, theater, art appreciation or similar disciplines);
      • One university course in oral communication;
      • One university course in written communication;
      • Two university courses in the natural sciences and/or mathematics (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy or similar disciplines; algebra, calculus, trigonometry, statistics or similar disciplines; see notes below concerning human biology and statistics); and
    • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (The MSW Admissions Committee may make exceptions, taking into account special circumstances based on a review of the entire application packet)
    • Three prerequisite courses, if not previously completed (earning a grade of "C" or better):
      • Human biology (Appropriate courses include: human biology; introductory biology; human anatomy and physiology; fundamentals of biology. The UAA courses that will satisfy this requirement are 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)
      • Lifespan development (Appropriate courses include human development across the lifespan, developmental psychology, human lifespan development. The UAA course that will satisfy this requirement is PSY 150, Lifespan Development)
      • Statistics (The UAA courses that will satisfy this requirement are STAT 252, Elementary Statistics or PSY 453, Application of Statistics to the Social Sciences).
  • Criteria for Admission to the MSW Program with Advanced Placement

    All applicants must meet the following criteria for advanced placement without exception. Applicants who do not meet the criteria for Advanced Placement may apply to the full MSW program.

    • BSW degree completed within the past five years from a degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
    • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
    • 3.5 GPA in BSW program core courses (course work in human behavior, policy, research, practice, and practicum)
    • Grade of "A" or equivalent in each BSW field placement course
    • Three prerequisite courses, if not previously completed (earning a grade of "C" or better):
      • Human biology (Appropriate courses include: human biology; introductory biology; human anatomy and physiology; fundamentals of biology. The UAA courses that will satisfy this requirement are 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)
      • Lifespan development (Appropriate courses include human development across the lifespan, developmental psychology, human lifespan development. The UAA course that will satisfy this requirement is PSY 150, Lifespan Development)
      • Statistics (The UAA courses that will satisfy this requirement are STAT 252, Elementary Statistics or PSY 453, Application of Statistics to the Social Sciences).

Important Information

  • Applications
    Applications 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 Credits
    Up 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

    The UAA MSW Admissions Committee, which is composed of faculty of the UAA School of Social Work and members of the professional social work community, reviews all applications to the MSW program. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Committee determines admission based on a combination of factors, including:

    • Undergraduate grade point average. While a minimum GPA of 3.0 is desired, exceptions may be made taking into account special circumstances based on a review of the entire application packet, particularly if the grade point average in the last 60 credits is above 3.0.
    • Assessment of the applicant's understanding of and commitment to social work and their capacity for the profession as evidenced by the applicant's resume, letters of reference, personal statement, and writing sample.
    • Letters of reference.
    • Demonstration of critical thinking and writing ability based on the personal statement and writing sample.
    • Diversity considerations.
  • Non-attendance and Re-application
    An 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 Notification
    The 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

    The School of Social Work MSW Admissions Committee will, in their discretion, deny an applicant for admission if the committee finds that the applicant's history of a felony or misdemeanor convictions make the applicant unfit for social work practice. The committee will consider the number and recency of any convictions and the relationship those convictions may have on practice.

    Not withstanding the above, a person who has been convicted of a felony crime against a person described in AS 11.41 within the ten years before the date of application is unfit for admission to the MSW program and will be denied.

  • Non-Discrimination Policy
    UAA 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.
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