Application Information

MSW Application Criteria


Degree Requirement

  • MSW – Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Advanced Standing MSW – Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in social work (BASW or BSW) from an accredited social work program.

GPA Requirement

  • MSW – A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate program. Less than 3.0 GPA, requires a statement in the application process on readiness for graduate level work.
  • Advanced Standing MSW– the degree must be from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program, awarded no longer than seven years prior to the application date with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Complete GradCAS Application

Select – Social Work Cheney FT-MSW for the Cheney Full-time MSW Program.

Select – Social Work Everett PT-MSW for the Everett Part-time MSW Program.

Select – Social Work Advanced Standing Cheney FT-MSW for the Cheney Full-time Advanced Standing MSW Program.

Select – Social Work Advanced Standing Spokane PT-MSW for the Spokane Part-time Advanced Standing MSW Program.

Important Things to Know:

  • The GRE is not required.
  • Previous life or work experience cannot be substituted for course credit.
  • No exceptions are made to policies regarding the Advanced Standing program.
  • Applicants to our full-time MSW program who are from outside Washington and interested in being considered for WICHE vouchers and other scholarships should submit by the priority deadline of February 1.

MSW Program Application Cycles

Cohort Start DateAccepting
Priority Admission
Regular Admission
Next Cohort
(Yr. 1- Cheney;
2Every fall quarterOct. 1, 2021 -
Apirl 1, 2022
Feb. 1, 2022Apr. 1, 2022Fall Quarter 2022
Full-Time Advanced Standing (Spokane)1Every summer quarterOct. 1, 2021 -
Jan. 21, 2022
N/AJan. 21, 2022Summer 2022
Everett Part-Time Weeknight Hybrid Program3Every two yearsOct. 1, 2021 -
April 1, 2022
Feb. 1, 2022Apr. 1, 2022Summer 2022
Everett Advanced Standing Part-Time Weeknight Hybrid Program
1.5Every two yearsOct. 1, 2022 -
Jan. 20, 2023
N/AJan. 20, 2023Summer 2023
Spokane Part-Time Weekend Hybrid Program
3Every two yearsOct. 1, 2022 -
April 1, 2023
Feb. 1, 2023Apr. 1, 2023Summer 2023
Spokane Advanced Standing Part-Time Weekend Hybrid Program (Spokane) 1.5Every two yearsOct. 1, 2021 -
Jan. 21, 2022
N/AJan. 21, 2022Summer 2022

Questions Related to the Application

Strong essays are developed carefully and thoughtfully. Essays should address each question. Strong answers include examples and evidence. To demonstrate an ability to apply concepts, strong essays include examples from work, volunteer, education, and other pertinent details.

Essays should be written clearly, concisely, and ideas should be expressed explicitly. Be sure to allot plenty of time to complete essay questions. Essays written hastily reflect a lack of preparedness.

You have 250 words for each question. Strong essays provide enough detail to fully answer the question without being wordy. Strong essays answer the questions concisely and clearly. We recommend typing your response in Word and then pasting it into the application.

It is extremely important. Essay responses are a key component of the application and provide information faculty consider when reviewing your application materials.

It is very important to use complete sentences, proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other mechanics of written English. Strong essays often undergo revision and proofreading.

For the purpose of this application, no.

Yes. Be sure to fully answer each question. Some questions have multiple parts. Make sure you address each part in your answer.

We are not concerned with gaps in your resume only that your resume corresponds with what you share in your essay questions.

We recommend you include one academic, one reference from someone involved in your field experience and one professional reference. If you have been out of school for more than 5 years, it may be more difficult to obtain an academic reference. Choose references who can accurately and directly speak about your past work and your potential in this program. References should be able to speak to your ability to succeed academically and/or to your ability to practice as a social worker. We do not accept references from personal friends, family, a counselor/client, or faith leader/parishioner.

General Questions

No, previous life or work experience cannot be substituted for course credit.

We accept applications for multiple programs each year. Be sure to select the correct program in the GradCAS. It is very important you complete the correct application for the program to which you want to apply. You may only apply to one program. If you apply to the wrong program and want to apply to a different MSW program, an additional $75 fee will be charged.

If you are having trouble identifying which application to choose, contact Christine Babcock at or 509.359.6485. When calling, please specify which program you are interested in.

No, in all instances. The Spokane Hybrid program only serves Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Everett serves the west side of the state.

We may ask students for an interview.

Overall GPA is one of the primary factors considered in the admissions criteria. Students with an overall GPA of less than 3.0 may find it more difficult to be successful in a graduate level program. Additionally, Graduate Studies only allows admission of a small number of applicants with an overall GPA of less than 3.0.

If your overall GPA is less than 3.0, you will be asked to write a rationale explaining why you should be admitted to the program.

No, the program is competitive. We receive many strong applications each year and not everyone who applies is admitted.

No, you need to indicate on the application you would be willing to accept admission to the full program.

If you indicate yes, your application will be re-evaluated for admission to the full program.

There is no appeals process, but you can reapply when we are accepting applications for the next cohort.

The GRE exam is not necessary for admission.