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Pursuing advanced social work study

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Missouri State is a competitive and selective admission program. The decision to admit new students depends not only upon the quality of the applicants who apply in general, but also upon the number of applicants applying and the number of seats available each year. Therefore, the level of selectiveness may vary from year to another.


Application and admission timeline

The MSW program admits students only for summer or fall terms each year with an application deadline of January 31 at 5:00 p.m. Deadlines will be strictly enforced so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Summer admission is only for those with eligible BSW degrees no more than 7 years old from an accredited social work program.


Application Materials and Requirements

All MSW program applicants must complete the required application materials and procedures below.  Note that certain items must be turned into the School of Social Work (SSW) office, while others must be submitted directly to the Graduate College office.

Items or Procedures for Missouri State University Graduate College :

  1. Complete a Graduate College Application. To apply to the Graduate College, please click here.
  2. Submit all prior college transcripts and course work.
  3. Pay the required application fee.

Items or Procedures for School of Social Work department office:

  1. Complete a department application for the MSW program. Link to the 2015 MSW Application here.

Gaining admittance into the graduate social work program

Admission Requirements for the Regular MSW Program

Applicants to the Regular MSW program must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission to the full-time or part-time MSW program:

  1. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional agency recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
  2. Applicants must have earned an overall GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.00 scale for all undergraduate course work taken.  The GPA for upper-division course work (last 60 hours) in undergraduate classes may be used if higher than the overall GPA and if this GPA is calculated by the Graduate College or a referring college office.
  3. Applicants who have completed at least 9 hours of graduate coursework from a particular program of study related to social work may request this GPA to be considered in addition to the above.

Prerequisites:  Applicants must show evidence of a bachelor's degree that encompasses a liberal arts perspective with at least 9 credits of social science, child, family or aging studies preferred.  A liberal arts perspective is considered a program of study that involves classes from many of all of the following areas:  economics, history or geography; natural, applied or life science; humanities, philosophy or literature; writing or other communication studies; mathematics or statistics; and social or human sciences. 

Applicants must also have taken at least 3 credits in research design and/or statistics with a grade of C or better, preferably in the social sciences, as evidenced in the departmental application and student transcript.

Admission Requirements for the Advanced Standing Program

Advanced Standing program applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission to the full-time or part-time MSW program:

  1. Have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education no longer than seven years prior to admission to the MSW program.
  2. Applicants must have earned an overall GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.00 scale for all undergraduate course work taken.  The GPA for upper-division course work (last 60 hours) in undergraduate classes may be used if higher than the overall GPA and if this GPA is calculated by the Graduate College or a referring college office.
  3. Applicants who have completed at least 9 hours of graduate coursework from a particular program of study related to social work may request this GPA to be considered in addition to the above.
  4. Have no more than one grade of “C” and no grades below C in social work major courses.