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Application Deadline

The TCU Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. The MSW Program operates on a rolling admissions process. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

 

Admission Requirements for Traditional Program Students

  • The traditional MSW requires 60 credit hours and is only available as a full-time course of study.
  • Prior degree: students accepted for the MSW traditional program must have completed a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) reflecting a liberal arts foundation from an accredited college or university
  • GPA: applicants should have strong academic preparation as demonstrated by an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Course prerequisites: applicants must have one college-level course in each of the following: statistics, sociology, and psychology before registering for the first semester in the MSW Program
  • References: applicants must submit three reference forms with letters from people who can address the applicant’s academic abilities, interpersonal skills, and potential for graduate education and professional social work practice. It is required that at least one reference be an academic reference from an academic advisor or instructor
  • Professional Statement: applicants must submit a well-written professional statement of no more than 1,500 words that addresses the following:
    • What motivated you to decide to pursue an MSW?
    • How do your personal values connect with the values of the social work profession?
    • What are strengths and weaknesses that will impact you as a social worker?
    • Describe any experiences and leadership opportunities that will help you be successful in this graduate program?
    • Discuss any significant volunteer or work experiences related to social work.
    • What are your professional goals and plans in social work?
  • Resume: applicants will submit a current resume or vitae with their application
  • Interview: applicants may be asked to interview with the admissions committee prior to final decision
  • Petition for Academic Exception
    • The petition must be completed by applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0. An applicant who believes that his or her individual circumstances warrant consideration for a waiver of the minimum university admissions requirement of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 must petition the MSW admissions committee.
    • The request should be a one-page statement entitled “Petition for Academic Exception” and include a statement indicating why not meeting the minimum admissions requirement of a 3.0 GPA should be waived, as it does not adequately represent the applicant’s capabilities. The applicant should briefly discuss how he or she has demonstrated a capacity for successful achievement in a rigorous graduate program. For example, an applicant might provide evidence of:
      • Superior grades during the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework indicating a trend toward improved performance
      • Competence through achievement in another graduate program
      • Outstanding work experience in volunteer or paid human services
      • The applicant should also discuss how, if granted admission to the program, he or she plans to address obstacles to successfully complete the program (for example, if a low grade point average was viewed as the result of a need to work full-time during undergraduate studies, the applicant should discuss why that is not likely to be a factor during graduate study)
      • Petitions must be uploaded along with all other application documents.

 

Admission Requirements for Advanced Standing Students

  • The advanced MSW program requires 30 credit hours and is only available as a full-time course of study.
  • Prior degree: applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW, BSSW) or other bachelor’s degree (BS, BA) with a major in social work from a CSWE-accredited program at the time of enrollment and have graduated within seven years or worked extensively in the field of social work
  • GPA: applicants should have strong academic preparation as demonstrated by an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Course prerequisites: applicants must have one college-level course in statistics before registering for the first semester in the MSW program
  • References: applicants must submit three reference forms with letters from people who can address the applicant’s academic abilities, interpersonal skills, and potential for graduate education and professional social work practice. It is required that at least one reference be an academic reference from an academic advisor or instructor and preferred one of these references be from a field instructor
  • Professional statement: applicants must submit a well-written professional statement of no more than 1,500 words that addresses the following:
    • What motivated you to decide to pursue an MSW?
    • How do your personal values connect with the values of the social work profession?
    • What are strengths and weaknesses that will impact you as a social worker?
    • Describe any experiences and leadership opportunities that will help you be successful in this graduate program?
    • Discuss any significant volunteer or work experiences related to social work
    • What are your professional goals and plans in social work?
  • Resume: applicants will submit a current resume or vitae with their application
  • Interview: applicants may be asked to interview with the admissions committee prior to final decision
  • What types of jobs should your graduates expect to secure?

Based on our strong relationships in the north Texas community and the excellent reputation of the TCU Department of Social Work, our graduates will stand out in the job market. As advanced generalists, graduates can pursue careers in a variety of settings, including either direct practice or administration in child welfare, aging, medical social work, mental health practice, policy formation and school social work, just to name a few. Ideally, each student’s final field placement will be selected based on a field of practice they would like to enter after completing the MSW program. The final field placement is selected with careful consideration, including input from the director of field education and the student.

 

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