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Fast App: BSW > MSW

A simplified application process for University of Illinois BSW students to apply to the iMSW/MSW program with the bonus of a reimbursed application fee.

What is the fast app?

A simplified application process (only for Illinois BSW students):

  • Complete an abbreviated application form
  • No letters of recommendation, personal statements, transcripts, GRE scores needed
  • The School of Social Work will recommend admission to Graduate College, which issues the final determination
  • If you decide to complete your master’s at the School of Social Work, we will reimburse your application fee

You can use the fast app to apply to the MSW/iMSW program if you:

  • Achieved at least a B- in required SOCW courses
  • Hold a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Have no significant disciplinary reports

Admission contingent upon:

  • Successful completion of BSW degree
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon graduation


  1. Students interested in the fast track option should complete the “Social Work First Stage Application” (pre-app) during the semester they are enrolled in SOCW 402
  2. Upload current resume
  3. Pre-application will then be routed to the “fast” application OR “full” application
  4. Students will want to complete the MSW application by October 15th

Advanced Standing MSW Program

Our BSW graduates can now seamlessly transition into our one-year advanced standing MSW program.

  • Advanced standing MSW programs are for students who obtained a BSW from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program within the past 7 years
  • The traditional MSW program consists of 2 years’ full-time study
  • Advanced Standing MSW students need fewer credit hours, which translates into significant cost-savings
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