Admissions Information

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Evidence of personal attributes that are suitable for the profession of social work
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the last sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours of coursework
  • Experience in human services (paid, volunteer, research and/or internship)
  • Twenty hours of social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and biological sciences
  • GRE is not required

International Applicants Must Also Include:

  • TOEFL score of at least 611 Toefl PBT; 254 Toefl CBT; 103 Toefl iBT; 7.0 in all areas IELTS
  • Declaration of Finances Form

NOTE: Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application Process

To learn more about our program and the application process please review the MSW FAQ page.

You must upload all materials to the Graduate College Application and mail official transcripts to the School of Social Work.  The Graduate College Application will be open for the 2019-2020 academic year on September 1, 2018.

  • Graduate College Application– To be completed online at www.grad.illinois.edu
    • All items below will be uploaded to the Graduate College Application.
      • Three (3) letters of reference (must be academic and/or professional in nature).
      • Personal Statement
      • Resume – This should include relevant education, volunteer, and work experience.
      • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Mail directly to the School of Social Work, 1010 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Application Deadlines

  • December 1, 2018
    • iMSW Advanced Standing Admission for Spring 2019
  • January 15, 2019
    • MSW Campus for Summer 2019 (Traditional Students)
    • MSW Campus for Fall 2019 (Advanced Standing Students)
    • iMSW for Summer 2019 (Traditional Students)
    • iMSW for Spring 2020 (Advanced Standing Students)

Please note: Admission decisions for iMSW Advanced Standing starting in Spring 2019 will be released mid-December. Admission decisions for MSW Campus and iMSW starting in Summer 2019, MSW Campus for Fall 2019, and iMSW for Spring 2020 will be released no later than mid-March.