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MSW Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Social Work Program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the College of Social Work. Students are selected based on intellectual capacity, personal maturity, and motivation. Previous academic work, professional experiences, personal development, and potential for professional practice are important considerations in the evaluation of applicants. 



To be considered for admission to the Master of Social Work Program, applicants must have:
- Earned an average point-hour ratio of 3.0 or higher (based on 4.00 system) for all previous undergraduate academic work. Those who have earned below 3.0 undergraduate accumulative GPA, will be considered on an individual basis and must submit GRE results.
- Earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Completed at least one-fourth of their undergraduate course work in three basic areas of academic study: the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.

All regular part-time MSW students enter the program in the autumn semester of each year. Application material deadline is March 15th. Applications will only be taken after that date on a space-available basis.


To be considered for the ASAP (Advanced Standing Alternative Plan) Program, applicants must also:
- Meet all the admission requirements of the regular MSW Program.
- Earned a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program, earned within the last 5 years.
- Earned a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 on all previous undergraduate academic work attempted. In addition, the student must have earned a grade of “B” or better in all required undergraduate social work courses.
- Demonstrate evidence of social work practice experience. Experience gained in undergraduate field instruction or paid employment should be fully described in the applicant’s personal statement.
- Documented performance in your field practicum from your field instructor. This may be in the form of a letter summarizing your performance in field or a copy of your most recent field evaluation. If you have been out of school and working in the field of social work for a year or more, a recommendation from your current work supervisor will also be acceptable. If you have been out working in the field for over two years, one of the recommendations must be from your current supervisor.

All ASAP students enter the MSW Program in the summer semester. Deadline for application materials (except final undergraduate transcript if graduating the semester/quarter prior to admission) is March 15th of each year. Applications will only be taken after that date on a space-available basis.


To be considered for a Dual Degree Program, a student should contact the MSW Program office at 614-292-2972. Dual Degrees are offered with other departments at the Ohio State University in Columbus only. Current dual degrees offered include:
1.) Public Policy and Management for an MA in Public Affairs,
2.) Public Health, and
3.) City and Regional Planning.

Typically it takes one additional year of fulltime study to complete the requirements for a dual degree.

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