Apply to MSW
The UW School of Social Work seeks to enroll well-qualified students with diverse backgrounds. We especially seek applicants committed to working with diverse populations. Admission to the Master of Social Work Program is selective and based on a thorough review of relevant professional and academic background, potential for success in graduate study and potential to contribute to the profession. Our commitment to diversity is elaborated in the document Essential Skills, Values and Standards of Professional Conduct. It outlines the qualities and professional behavior expected of students. All applicants should carefully review these essential abilities before applying.
Here is a look at the 2016 MSW Admission Class Profile. In addition, we encourage prospective applicants to register for one of our upcoming on-campus or online MSW information sessions to learn more about the admission process and our programs. Feel free to browse our MSW frequently asked questions!
MSW Application Timeline, Instructions and Materials
The application for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available in mid-September 2017. The deadline for the 2018 MSW Program will be on January 3, 2018. The space-available EDP Final deadline will be February 14, 2018. Our website will have updated instructions available mid-September. Until then, we welcome you to explore the document below to get a sense of what to expect on future MSW applications. Procedures and materials are subject to change.
- MSW APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 2017(for reference only – please note several changes have been made, this document should only be used as a reference)
Notification of Decisions
The review of applicant files is an important and time-intensive effort taken by the school’s faculty. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision by electronic mail by the end of March. Please monitor your spam and other inbox folders if you feel you have missed any communication from us.
Eligibility Criteria and Special Applicant Groups
When the application instructions become available, please review the instructions for in-depth details about eligibility requirements and the application process. Admission is competitive, and applicants are evaluated holistically. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the MSW program. While there are no prerequisite classes necessary for admission, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a Statistics course in advance of starting the program.