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Social Work, Master of Social Work

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University with the applicant’s undergraduate transcript reflecting a sound liberal arts foundation, including courses in the humanities, as well as in the social and behavioral sciences.

Application Deadlines

MSW Advanced Standing option (on-campus)

  • Fall semester- early priority January 15, rolling admission April 15
  • Spring semester– early priority September 15, rolling admission November 15

MSW Advanced Standing option (online)

  • Fall semester- early priority January 15, rolling admission April 15

MSW Regular Standing option (on-campus and online)

  • Fall semester- early priority January 15, rolling admission April 15

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based9021222623
IELTS Academic76.56.586


All MSW applicants must complete an approved college level statistics course with a grade of C- or higher before they will be accepted to enroll in the MSW program. SW 4310 is the recommended course for University of Missouri students. The following University of Missouri courses are also approved and may be taken in lieu of SW4310 Statistics 1200, Statistics 1300 and ECP4170. Statistics courses completed at other academic institutions may substitute for University of Missouri statistic courses, pending submission of official transcript and approval by the MSW Program Director. Completion of the statistics course prior to application submission is preferred and strongly recommended. If an applicant is enrolled in a statistics course at the time of application and accepted into the MSW Program, the acceptance will be “pending successful completion of the approved statistics class.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Social Work Program

  • Personal statement (see department instruction)
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of reference from persons who can address the applicant’s intellectual ability and interpersonal skills, potential for graduate education, and potential for professional social work practice through observation in an educational or work (paid or volunteer) setting. Letters of reference should not be submitted from friends or family.
  • Field practicum information – ADVANCED STANDING STUDENTS ONLY: Upload the most recent copy of your field evaluation. If your program does not have field evaluations, please have the Director of Field or your supervisor/instructor complete one of your three professional references.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores for international applicants

Note: This program offers a MSW/PhD joint degree. Information about the MSW/PhD Joint Program is available at