Note: the February 13th deadline for MSW Extended Degree Program (EDP) applications has been extended; Fall 2019 MSW EDP applications are still being accepted (EDP only) on a space-available basis. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. An update will be provided on this page to alert you to when we are 48 hours from closing the application portal. The link to the UW Graduate School Application Portal is available on the Application Instructions page; please read all application instructions throughly before beginning the application.
The deadline for Fall 2019 MSW Day and Advanced Standing Programs has now passed. Applications for 2019 are being reviewed, and students will receive notification of a decision in March. You can check the status of your application by logging into the UW Graduate School portal.
The UW School of Social Work seeks to enroll well-qualified students with diverse backgrounds. We especially seek applicants committed to working with diverse populations. Admission to the Master of Social Work Program is selective and based on a thorough review of relevant professional and academic background, potential for success in graduate study and potential to contribute to the profession. Our commitment to diversity is elaborated in the document Essential Skills, Values and Standards of Professional Conduct. It outlines the qualities and professional behavior expected of students. All applicants should carefully review these essential abilities before applying.
Before You Begin
- Take a look at our MSW Admission Class Profile for 2018 and 2017
- Register for one of our upcoming on-campus or online MSW information sessions to learn more about the admission process and our programs
- Browse our MSW frequently asked questions as well as our MSW Academics page to learn more about concentration areas and example practicum sites
MSW Application Timeline, Instructions and Materials
MSW applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available starting mid-September. Applications will be due January 3, 2019.
Notification of Decisions
The review of applicant files is an important and time-intensive effort taken by the school’s faculty. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision by email, as early as possible. Typically, notifications are sent by the end of March. Please monitor your spam and other inbox folders if you feel you have missed any communication from us.
Eligibility Criteria and Special Applicant Groups
Please review the instructions for in-depth details about eligibility requirements and the application process. Admission is competitive, and applicants are evaluated holistically. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the MSW program. While there are no prerequisite classes necessary for admission, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a Statistics course in advance of starting the program.