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Admissions Information

Application Deadlines  

  • January 15 - Rochester
    • Full-time 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (summer admission only)
    • Full-time 60-credit Program (fall admission only) 
  • March 15 - Rochester
    • Part-time 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (fall admission only)
    • Part-time 60-credit Program (fall admission only)
  • March 15 – Watertown, NY Extension Site at Jefferson CC Higher Education Center
    • Part-time 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (fall 2015 admission)
    • Part-time 60-credit Program (fall 2016 admission)
  • March 15 – Auburn, NY Extension Site at Cayuga CC University Center
    • Part-time 36-credit Advanced Standing Program – anticipated for fall 2016 admission
    • Part-time 60-Credit Program – anticipated for fall 2016 admission

Please note: Applications received after the published deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

60 Credit Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation*
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Social Issue Commentary
  • Professional Resume

36 Credit Advanced Standing Requirements

  • Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited program within the past eight years.
  • Minimum 3.0 in undergraduate social work courses
  • Three letters of recommendation*
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Social Issue Commentary
  • Professional Resume
  • Copies of the applicant’s final field placement evaluation upon acceptance.

*NOTE: Recently graduated students should submit at least two letters from a current or former faculty member.
The following 24 pre-requisite credits are required with a grade of C- or better for both the 60 Credit and Advanced Standing Programs. Applicants with a grade lower than C- may be required to repeat the course. Pre-requisites are not required to apply to the MSW program, and must be completed prior to matriculation as a condition of acceptance.

    • One (3 credit) statistics course;
    • One (3 credit) introductory psychology course;
    • One (3 credit ) introductory sociology course;
    • One (3 credit) human biology or anatomy or physiology course (NO lab required);
    • One (3 credit) humanities course;
    • Three additional (3 credit) courses distributed among the social/behavioral sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, and humanities

NOTE: Pre-requisites will be verified by the program prior to offering admission.

Pre-requisite Resources


Texas State University School of Social Work
- Human Biology for Social Worker
http://www.txstate.edu/continuinged/CE-correspondence/Human-Biology-for-Social-Workers.html

University of Louisville-Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
Course Offerings:     

Human Biology

Questions on the test are based on the material covered in Ginsberg, Nackerud, and Larrison’s text, Human Biology for Social Workers: Development, Ecology, Genetics, and Health. The book is published by Pearson Education, INC. (ISBN 0-205-34405-4)

Statistics

Questions on the test are based on material covered in chapters 1-16 of Neil Salkind's text, Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 2nd edition. The book is published by SAGE Publications. (ISBN 0-761-92776-X)
https://louisville.edu/kent/CAREERS%20AND%20CONTINUING%20EDUCATION/continuing-education/mssw-prerequisite-courses

CLEP
Exam*
http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam

  • Human Biology (Science & Mathematics)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

*Note: CLEP examines require a score of 50 points or higher to be equivalent to a C- grade.

Test Scores
Standardized or GRE test scores are not required by the MSW Program.