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MSW Admissions

Admissions 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.

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

Application Process

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 2021-2022 academic year on August 10, 2020.

  • Graduate College Application– To be completed online at
    • 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

  • January 15, 2021
    • MSW Campus for Summer 2021 (Traditional Students)
    • MSW Campus for Fall 2021 (Advanced Standing Students)
    • iMSW for Summer 2021 (Traditional Students)
    • iMSW for Spring 2022 (Advanced Standing Students)

Please note:

  • Admission decisions for iMSW Advanced Standing starting in Spring 2021 will be released mid-December. Admission decisions for MSW Campus and iMSW starting in Summer 2020, MSW Campus for Fall 2020, and iMSW for Spring 2021 will be released no later than mid-March.
  • Advanced Standing status is granted to individuals that have completed a bachelors of social work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program within the past 7 years.
  • Traditional Standing is available to students that have an undergraduate degree in all other disciplines or a bachelors degree in social work from a program that is not accredited by CSWE or their degree is more than 7 years old.
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