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Master of Social Work



Admission Requirements

For admission into the MSW Program, you must meet certain requirements, which vary depending upon the program to which ​you apply. The GRE is not required for admission to the MSW Program. 

Advanced Standing Program

To be admitted to the Advanced Standing Program, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (please visit the CSWE website to see if your program is accredited)
  • A 3.25 undergraduate grade point average ​(this is cumulative, taking into account all institutions attended)
  • A grade of B or higher in all social work courses
  • Three references supporting your ability to do advanced level practice. If currently in school, one of the references must be your field instructor.
  • Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better*:
    • One course in Biology (preferred), Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, or Earth Science
    • One course in Statistics (the course needs to cover tests of significance, data analysis, and inferential & descriptive statistics), preferably from a social science (Sociology Statistics, for example)
    • One course in Psychology
    • One course in Sociology or Anthropology
    • One course in American History, Economics, or Political Science

 *You may apply to the program if you have not taken all of these courses, but we ask that you fulfill the deficiencies the summer before beginning the program, either at UC or at another accredited institution, with a grade of "C" or better. 

Full-Time and Part-Time Programs

To be admitted to either the full- or part-time programs, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. (This is cumulative, taking into account all institutions attended.) In some cases, provisional admission may be granted for those with a GPA slightly below a 3.0. Please click on this link for more information on our Pathways Program.
  • Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better*:
    • One course in Biology (preferred), Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, or Earth Science
    • One course in Statistics (the course needs to cover tests of significance, data analysis, and inferential & descriptive statistics), preferably from a social science (Sociology Statistics, for example)
    • One course in Psychology
    • One course in Sociology or Anthropology
    • One course in American History, Economics, or Political Science
*You may apply to the program if you have not taken all of these courses, but we ask that you fulfill the deficiencies the summer before beginning the program, either at UC or at another accredited institution, with a grade of "C" or better.

 
As a matter of policy, the MSW Program does not accept life or work experience as a substitute for field placement or any other required social work courses. 

International Students

If an applicant’s native language is not English, they must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum University of Cincinnati requirement for the internet-based TOEFL is 95. This requirement applies regardless of the program students choose. The Graduate School has additional information about the English proficiency requirement. UC International Services has general information for prospective international students.

Students who have received a degree from China and are applying for admission during the Fall 2016 or later should view the Chinese Transcript Verification Process for directions on submitting transcripts. 

Background Checks

Before applying for admission into the School of Social Work, please be aware that most social service agencies which serve as field placement sites now require background checks and fingerprinting as well as pre-placement offer and random drug screens. These requirements sometimes are at the student’s expense.

Field supervisors also may have the ability to request a drug screen during placement if they suspect the student is impaired during placement hours. These are the policies of social service agencies, not the University of Cincinnati or the School of Social Work.

A criminal history may limit a student’s ability to obtain a field placement, as well as limit or prohibit students from obtaining a license in social work or employment in the social work profession. Students are encouraged to contact the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board directly with questions about licensing.

 

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School of Social Work
1515 French Hall
PO Box 210108
Cincinnati OH 45221-0108
Phone: 513-556-4615
Fax: 513-556-2077
Email: socialworkweb@uc.edu

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