MSW Admissions Process

Entrance Requirements:

CUW General Graduate Entrance Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for Full Acceptance
    **Students below a 3.0 may be admitted under a conditional or provisional status on a case by case basis**

MSW Program Prerequisite Course Requirements:

  • Statistics (within 7 years)
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
    **Students may apply to the program while prerequisites are in progress, but these courses must be completed before enrolling in the program**

CUW offers a one year accelerated track for applicants with a BSW degree earned through a CSWE accredited social work program. If you haven’t earned a CSWE accredited BSW degree, you may apply to our regular two year MSW track.

CUW Advanced Standing MSW Program Application Requirements:

  • Completed Online accelerated MSW Graduate Application
  • 5 – 2 page essay in APA format addressing:
    • Why do you want to be a social worker? How has your life led you to this profession?
    • What are your career goals and how will obtaining an MSW from CUW help you reach those goals?
    • How do you plan to adjust your life to accommodate the intense demands of studying for an MSW degree (time, energy, commitment, change, frustration)?
  • Current Resume
  • Three Professional Letters of Recommendation from the following:
    • Your BSW academic advisor
    • A faculty member from your BSW program
    • A current supervisor from a social service agency
  • All official post-secondary transcripts directly from all institutions where coursework was taken
    • Transcripts are official when they are received by CUW directly from your institution through the mail, or using a secure electronic delivery service
    • No matter how old the coursework is or whether it counts toward your bachelor’s degree, we require the transcript
    • If transfer coursework is listed on your current transcript, we still require original transcripts from the school where courses were taken
  • Completed CastleBranch Background check

CUW Regular MSW Program Admission Requirements:

  • Completed Online Regular MSW Graduate Application
  • 5 – 2 page essay in APA format addressing:
    • Why do you want to be a social worker? How has your life led you to this profession?
    • What are your career goals and how will obtaining an MSW from CUW help you reach those goals?
    • How do you plan to adjust your life to accommodate the intense demands of studying for an MSW degree (time, energy, commitment, change, frustration)?
  • Current Resume
  • Three Professional Letters of Recommendation from the following:
    • At least one from an academic advisor or program faculty member
    • At least one from a current or former supervisor
  • All official post-secondary transcripts directly from all institutions where coursework was taken
    • Transcripts are official when they are received by CUW directly from your institution through the mail, or using a secure electronic delivery service
    • No matter how old the coursework is or whether it counts toward your bachelor’s degree, we require the transcript
    • If transfer coursework is listed on your current transcript, we still require original transcripts from the school where courses were taken
  • CastleBranch Background check

Application Timeline:

Applicants are encouraged to complete their application by the priority deadline for best chance at consideration. Submitting an application does not guarantee an opportunity to interview, and participating in an interview does not guarantee acceptance.

  • August 15th – Application opens for following year intake
  • November 15th – Priority deadline
  • December – Interviews for qualified priority deadline applicants
  • January – Admission decisions communicated, deposits due January 30th for those accepted
  • January 15th – Regular Deadline
  • February – Interviews with well qualified applicants
  • March – Admission decisions communicated, deposits due March 15th for those accepted