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For over ninety years, social work education has been offered to students at Missouri’s premier public institution. The school is proud of its grass roots history: an early pioneer of social work education in 1906, a founding member of the original accrediting body for social work education in 1919, an institution advancing research and scholarship throughout the 20th century, and finally, to its role as an innovator in doctoral education, with a nationally distinctive PhD program emphasizing state social policy.

The mission of the MU School of Social Work is to promote leadership for social and economic justice by preparing students for professional excellence and leadership in practice, research, and policy. Within the context of a land grant institution, the mission of the School of Social Work reflects the University of Missouri’s tightly interlocked missions of teaching, research, outreach, and economic development.

Degrees Offered

Gerontological Social Work Graduate Certificate

100% Online On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:  Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: Participants in the Gerontological Social Work Certificate program will build awareness and expertise for work in settings that serve older adults and their families. Participants will be trained in micro, mezzo, macro and clinical strategies known to be effective in work with older adults and their families. An interdisciplinary, multi-level emphasis will be provided in the program since a large component of elder care is the coordination and management of services provided by various disciplines. Course work will utilize a bio-psycho-social-cultural perspective emphasizing the ecological perspective, Lawton’s theory of environmental press, resiliency, and the functional age model of family work. In addition, students will build awareness of aging policies and services, and policies that impact persons with disabilities and women.

Certificate website:
http://ssw.missouri.edu/msw_certificates3.html

For information about certificate, contact:
Erin Robinson
Emailrobinsonel@missouri.edu
Phone: (573) 884-3907

Crystal Null
Email
Phone: (573) 884-9385
Address: University of Missouri School of Social Work, 7th Floor Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 

Master of Social Work

100% Online On Campus

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 TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based9021222623
IELTS Academic76.56.586

Prerequisites

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

Doctorate in Social Work

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • GRE is optional.
  • An MSW or related master’s is required. Applicants without the MSW must take a minimum of 12 credit hours of MSW course work. This requirement may be waived for applicants with additional graduate work.
  • Minimum of two years post-master’s practice experience encouraged
  • TOEFL or IELTS required for applicants who’s second language is English

These criteria are used flexibly to assess the applicant’s potential for study and research in this program.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

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 (submitted via the Graduate Studies online application system)

  • Three letters of recommendation: two letters from professors who have known the applicant in an academic capacity. Please do not include personal, pastoral and relative references.
  • Current curriculum vita or resume. A minimum of two years’ postmasters practice experience is preferred.
  • GRE is optional.
  • Writing proficiency sample (e.g., previous publication, book chapter, master’s thesis, unpublished research paper, etc.)
  • Personal statement (see department instructions)
  • A personal interview is required, and if possible, will be arranged at MU. A Skype interview may be utilized in some cases.