MSW Admissions

Criteria for Admission

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 (completed with 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 11 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 field placement course
  • Three prerequisite courses (completed with 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 11 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).
       

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