Winthrop University: Graduate School - Master of Social Work Application Requirements
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Master of Social Work

A cohort admissions process is used for MSW admissions. Review of applications begins February 1. Review ends April 30 for summer admission and June 15 for fall admission.

  The cohorts are as follows:

  • The 60 credit hour Full-Time Traditional Program is admitted for August enrollment;
  • The 60 credit hour Weekend Traditional Program cohort is admitted for August enrollment
  • The 39 credit hour Full-Time Advanced Standing cohort is admitted for May enrollment
  • The 39 credit hour Weekend Advanced Standing program is admitted for August enrollment.

Please contact the Master of Social Work department in regards to space availability:

Department of Social Work
132 Bancroft Hall

Application requirements include:

1. Submit a Winthrop University Graduate School application including the following:

  • Three professional recommendations. Personal/character references from family members, friends, co-workers, and clergy are not appropriate. If you graduated within the last five years, one reference should be an academic reference. You may also use an employer or someone who has supervised your volunteer work. You will be asked to provide names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who can complete a recommendation form on your behalf.
  • A current, professional resume that demonstrates paid and volunteer experience in the helping profession.
  • A professional narrative statement (3-5 pages) addressing the following: 1) Your reasons for pursuing the MSW degree and your commitment to the profession; 2) Your career goals upon completing the degree; and, 3) How will a specialization in empowerment practice help you reach your professional goals? Prior to beginning your statement, please read the NASW Code of Ethics and our statement on Empowerment Practice. This statement must be developed solely by the applicant with no outside assistance and reflect sound, professional judgement.

2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (Advanced Standing applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited college or university).

3. Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. 

4. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Advanced Standing Program. For the Traditional Programs, a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred on the last 60 credit hours; or a 2.8 overall GPA.

Last Updated: 3/27/20