Applying for an online master's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the first step in securing a successful future in helping others. Our admission requirements ask for more than your undergraduate GPA, transcripts, and recommendations because we know your path to social work is about more than the numbers.
The additional requirements help us gain insight into your unique abilities, strengths, and experience, as well as future career goals. We take all these factors into consideration when reviewing applications and admitting students into the online MSW program.
MSW ADMISSION CRITERIA
MSW ADMISSION DETAILS
GENERAL MSW REQUIREMENTS
If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MSW program director.
ADVANCED STANDING TRACK REQUIREMENTS
If your overall GPA is below 3.00, you may be admitted conditionally and must earn a B or higher in all first-term classes in order to remain enrolled in the program. You would also be asked to discuss your undergraduate performance in your personal statement for admission.
PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK AND EXPERIENCE
You don't need prior work experience or a bachelor's degree in social work to be accepted, and you can fulfill the prerequisites at Saint Mary's University.
GMAT AND GRE EXAM SCORES
GRE or GMAT scores not required.
You can transfer a maximum of six credits you've earned before admittance to Saint Mary's.
Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean.
Work and/or life experience is not accepted as credit for this program.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.
Saint Mary's accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0.
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND START DATES
Upcoming application deadlines and starts for Saint Mary's online MSW:
Applications can be submitted online, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's admissions counselor.
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE
You'll receive notice of acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.