What is the application process like for admission to the MSW program?

Do I qualify for the advanced standing program?

  • The advanced standing program is for students who have earned a BASW (bachelor’s in social work). If you have earned a different degree other than social work, you would be a candidate for “regular standing” only.

 Is there a GPA minimum requirement for admission to the program?

  • Regular Standing Program
    • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution. If a student has attended more than one undergraduate institution, all grades that go towards the degree will be used in the calculation of the overall GPA.
  • Advanced Standing Program
    • Applicants will be considered for the Advanced Standing program if they have a baccalaureate degree earned in the last eight (8) years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work program with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a major GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a recommendation from the Program Director or designee of their undergraduate social work program. The Recommendation for Advanced Standing form is available online.
  • All applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements 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: https://www.ship.edu/testing/miller_analogies_test_mat/


Can you give me any information about other resources students need (like housing, childcare, and health care?


Where can I learn more about financial support for my degree?


What is the culture of school like?


Is your program a cohort program?

  • Mainly, you would apply as a Regular Standing student on either a part-time or full-time basis. Some students switch from part-time to full-time or full-time to part-time, so you may find different students in your cohort if you change your status

Is this a research based program or a case study based program?

  • Our concentration is Advanced Generalist, which means we provide educational content for practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. There are 2 research courses.
  • You may want to look at our student Handbook for a deeper explanation of the Advanced Generalist concentration.

How big is the program?

  • We aim to admit 70-90 students per year; some of these students are advanced standing, so there is not a Regular Standing cohort of 70.

How long does it typically take students to graduate?


How do I know what the dates of the semester begin and end, or when there is a holiday and no classes?