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Admissions Requirements: Online MSW Degree

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

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Advanced Standing track students need a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a regionally accredited institution for a program that has CSWE accreditation. See more Advanced Standing track requirements below.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

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

  • You must have earned a BSW within the past 10 years
  • If your BSW is older than 10 years, you may be required to take four social work generalist classes before registering for clinical classes: Generalist Practice I and II and Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) I and II
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants with lower GPA may be granted conditional admittance available in certain circumstances.
  • You must submit proof of earning a grade of B or higher in a research methods class or be willing to take an additional class: MSW620 Social Work Research
  • Once enrolled, you must participate in self-paced modules on the history, theory, and purpose of social work to transition to graduate school

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

College-level courses (3 cr. each) taken in the last 10 years:

  • Human Biology (prerequisite for MSW610 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I)
  • Statistics (prerequisite for MSW620 Social Work Research)

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.

TRANSFER CREDITS

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 REQUIREMENTS

  • $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to info@onlineprograms.smumn.edu or mailed to:

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Online Processing Center
1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 800
Oak Brook, IL 60523

  • A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals, and experience. Tell us why you're seeking admission to the MSW, what your personal and professional strengths are, and any other personal information you wish to share.
  • Letter of recommendation

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary's online MSW:

  • August 9, 2019
  • December 20, 2019
  • April 17, 2020
  • August 14, 2020

Applications can be submitted online, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's admissions counselor.

START DATES

Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary's online MSW:

  • September 2, 2019
  • January 6, 2020
  • May 4, 2020
  • August 31, 2020

NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE

You'll receive notice of acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

If you have questions, request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954. Saint Mary's is here to support you every step of the way.