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The following will be needed to complete the application:
The Application Fee for the MSW Program is $60.00 for domestic applicants and $135.00 for international applicants. Applicants submit the fee with the online application.
Scanned copies of official transcripts can be uploaded as PDF files and may be used by programs to make admission decisions. If admitted, however, you will not be able to enroll without the official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degree conferral on file. Official transcript(s) should be sent to the UH Graduate School:
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Test Score Requirements include the following.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores are required from international applicants to satisfy English proficiency requirements via satisfactory scores on the TOEFL or IELTS standardized exams. The UH school code for the TOEFL is also 6870. Please see the UH Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency page for more information on the requirement.
Letters of Recommendation are gathered electronically. You will be asked to provide email addresses of three references who know you well enough to evaluate your potential for graduate-level study in the field of social work. The Admissions Committee recommends including letters from recent employers or volunteer supervisors from social service agencies and current or former faculty members/instructors. If you are applying for Advanced Standing, the suggestion is that at least two of your three references be from individuals in your BSW program who can speak to your BSW performance, which could include the program director, a faculty member, or your Field Instructor or Coordinator.
For your Personal Statement please address the following questions in 3 – 4 double-spaced pages. Use proper references as appropriate.
The profession of social work is rooted in a set of core values and tenets. Review the mission of the profession and the college, then describe to us how this fits with your professional and personal goals. In addition, tell us how you plan to be fully engaged in all the academic requirements of the MSW program, including field practicum and graduate level coursework while in the program. You may include any additional information relevant
The Resume (Recommended length 1-2 pages) should include the following:
- Educational background including major, minor, type of degree, honors
- Paid or volunteer experience in social service agencies or other settings (include beginning and ending dates, whether full-time or part-time, number of hours per week)
- Other work experience
- Community and/or college activities
- Reading interests (give specific examples)
International Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload the following documents, which will be required to obtain a student visa if admitted:
- A scanned copy of a passport size photo
- Passport copy
- Letter of Financial Backing
- Please visit the UH Graduate School’s International Students page for more information on visas, transcripts, and the English proficiency requirement.
Conditional Admission Applicants: If the last 60 hours of your undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0, but at least a 2.6, you will need to apply for conditional admission. To do so, please submit an additional letter for which instructions can be found on our website.
Transfer Applicants: Please address within your personal statement the reason you are requesting to transfer to the University of Houston. Additional documents will need to be submitted. Refer to our website for instructions.
Graduate Record Exam Scores are NOT required. You may send them if you wish, but they do not factor heavily in the admissions decision for the MSW program. If you decide to submit them, the scores should be submitted by the testing agency directly. Scores should be less than five years old. The University of Houston's institutional code for the GRE is 6870. Information about costs and test dates at UH may be obtained from UH Student Service Center (Room 204). (713)743-5444.
Fall Application Deadlines
January 1: Early Consideration (Advanced Standing Face-to-Face applicants only)
March 1: Deadline for all MSW applicants (decisions will be made by May 1)
Spring Application Deadline *Only open to applicants requesting to transfer from another CSWE accredited MSW program
October 1: Deadline for MSW transfer applicants
To be considered for Advanced Standing, applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a BSW degree. Additional requirements can be found on our website.
All records and documents submitted to the GCSW become property of the University and may not be returned. The application fee covers part of the cost of handling the application and is therefore nonrefundable.