MSW Application Process

Application Deadline

Students are admitted into the 36-credit program and the 60-credit program during the summer term only. 

Students are welcome to contact the MSW Coordinator to discuss the program. Applications will be accepted starting in Fall 2021.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must evidence a combination of professional and personal experiences, qualities, and values that are considered essential for the practice of social work. Three professional references are required with a minimum of one from faculty and one from a current or recent agency employer or supervisor, using the appropriate MSW Recommendation Form. Applicants for advanced standing are required to submit an additional reference from the department chair/program director of their undergraduate BSW program (see link below for form). A current resume is required. Applicants will complete a written professional statement.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully completed undergraduate coursework or its equivalency in each of the following areas: human biology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology/anthropology, and statistics. Applicants may be admitted lacking one or more of the liberal arts requirements. Admission letters for applicants who need to complete the liberal arts requirements will list the needed content and provide guidance on how the requirement can be satisfied. Liberal arts requirements must be completed prior to the beginning of the Specialization year of study. Questions about the liberal arts foundation requirement should be directed to the MSW Program Director.


Application for Advanced Standing - This is a required form that will be completed by the chair of your undergraduate social work program.

Personal Statement

Applicants need to submit a four to five page personal statement describing the following:

  1. Events and experiences that led you to apply for a master's degree in social work as a profession.
  2. How the MSW will further your career goals.
  3. Your experiences with issues of diversity in practice and/or life.


All applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA of 2.80 must take either the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) or the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as part of the admission process. Scores should not be more than five years old at the time of application. SU is an official MAT testing site. Information is available at this link:

To find the location of GRE testing, contact the Graduate Studies office at MU or SU.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer a total of nine (9) credit hours. All nine may be from another MSW program or up to six (6) credits may be from a related field. Graduate credit earned more than five years prior to the date you begin your graduate program at MU-SU does not qualify for transfer credits. Students may only transfer credits from other accredited schools provided they are in good standing in those schools. Courses must be listed on an official transcript with a B or higher. Courses transferring must be approved by the program. Condensed one-week graduate courses do not qualify for transfer.