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Master of Social Work Program

MSW Admissions

MSW Admissions

We are still accepting Fall 2016 applications for our BSW and MSW programs.
Apply today and join our 50th Anniversary class.

MSW Admissions Criteria

There are three admission criteria categories for application to the MSW program:

*The first two categories, Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing, are considered our quick admissions. Applicants meeting the requirements in the first two categories, only need to complete steps 1 through 3 below.

Admission Steps:

  1. Applications for Admission are accepted only online at: www.applytexas.org with a $40 Application Fee. Submission of the 200 word essay entitled General Academic Plans is not required for MSW applicants. If you have never earned a degree from a U.S. institution, then a $70 fee for international applicants and TOEFL scored are required. The Office of Graduate Studies will not process your application if the fee is not paid.

  2. All Official Transcripts: Please submit all official transcripts from any university/college ever attended to the UTA Office of Admissions, Records and Registration. You can have the university/college attended send the transcript or deliver it yourself. For more information, go to http://www.uta.edu/admissions/contact/. You are welcome to email that office at www.uta.edu/admissions/ask. Do not send transcripts to the School of Social Work!

  3. Determining Your MSW Admissions Criteria Category (three categories):
    • Advanced Standing Admissions Criteria for BSW students and recent BSW graduates

      An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree in social work from a Council of Social Work Education accredited BSW program within six years of their planned start date of graduate study and whose GPA is 3.0 or greater in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, will be considered for Advanced Standing into the graduate program. Advanced Standing applicants, who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, only need to complete steps 1 and 2 above for quick admissions.
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    • Non-BSW Standing Admissions Criteria (for current non-BSW students/majors and non-BSW graduates)

      An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work from an accredited institution and whose GPA is 3.0 or greater in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, will be considered for Non-BSW admission into the MSW program. Non-BSW Standing applicants, who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, only need to complete steps 1 and 2 above for quick admissions.
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    • General Admissions Criteria

      Applicants with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university or equivalent institution with less than 3.0 and greater than 2.7 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and do not meet the Advanced Standing and the Non-BSW Standing Admissions Criteria, not only must they complete steps 1 and 2 above, they must complete the following:

      1. GRE: Take the GRE test and send an official copy of your score from ETS to UTA Graduate Admissions Office. UTA's institution code is 6013. If you have already taken the GRE, you can request ETS to send a report by calling ETS at 1-888-GRE-SCORE or go to www.ets.org/gre, for more information. The GRE is not required for applicants who meet our Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing criteria (quick admissions).

      2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation forms. The form can be downloaded online at: http://grad.uta.edu/resources/pdf/Request_Recommendation.pdf
        *If you graduated within the last two years, two of your recommendations must be from academic instructors/professors. Letters of recommendation are not required for applicants who meet our Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing criteria (quick admissions).

      3. Narrative: Submit a 2-3 double-spaced page narrative essay that discussing the following: Social work practice is often classified as either micro or macro. Explain what is meant by micro practice and macro practice, and why addressing both micro and macro issues are essential to effective social work practice. Use three outside sources to support your statement and include complete citations for each. The narrative is not required for applicants who meet our Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing criteria (quick admissions).

        Items 5 and 6 above must be submitted directly to the School of Social Work at the address listed below:

        UT Arlington School of Social Work
        Admissions Office
        Box 19129
        211 S. Cooper St
        Arlington, TX 76019

      4. For applicants whose native language is not English: Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL or the TSE must be submitted to the UTA Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a minimum TOEFL iBT-Internet Based Test total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed the following:
        • 22 for the writing section
        • 21 for the speaking section
        • 20 for the reading section
        • 16 for the listening section
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UTA Graduate Admissions office calculates the official GPA, not the School of Social Work. For more information on Graduate Admissions and calculating the GPA go to http://catalog.uta.edu/academicregulations/admissions/graduate/. All applicants must submit their application and complete items 1 and 2 above, for proper GPA determination by the UTA Graduate Admissions Office.

In making the decision to admit or deny a student admission to the MSW program, each member of the School of Social Work's selection committee seeks to balance quantitative and qualitative application support items, by independently assigning a rating to each of the six areas and then combining the scores from each area for a total score, using the following rating and decision scale.

Regardless of admission category (i.e., Advanced Standing, Non-BSW or General), all applications will be reviewed by the selection committee for personal qualifications essential to the successful practice of social work, including leadership ability, personal maturity, motivation for a human service profession and the applicant's experience in social work and social work related fields. In some cases, a personal interview may be required.

After reviewing all the information on our admission websites and reading the MSW Admissions FAQs, you still have questions, you can reach the School of Social Work's Admissions Office by e-mail at sswadmissions@uta.edu or by phone during regular business hours at 817-272-1044 or 817-272-9488. If you would like to visit the School of Social Work, please contact the admissions office.

For more information about the UTA application process, go to How to Apply.

Get In Touch


Darlene Santee

Darlene Santee
Admissions Coordinator

817-272-5209

Michael Brown

Michael Brown
Admissions/Recruiting

817-272-9488

Dolores Bevins

Dolores Bevins
Admissions Support Specialist II

817-272-1044

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