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Admission Requirements for Regular Standing Students

An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required for admission. No particular undergraduate major is required, but a broad liberal arts preparation is essential. While a major in Social Work is seen as desirable, other undergraduate majors are given equal consideration for the two-year program. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credits of undergraduate course work is required. In addition to the University application, M.S.W. applicants must also submit the social work application, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation (on School of Social Work forms). The total application packet will be considered in making admission decisions.

*If accepted for admission into the MSW program, all incoming students are required to attend an MSW orientation conducted during the week prior to the beginning of the fall term.

**All incoming full-time students must also complete the following by July 1 prior to beginning of fall term: An application for field internship and an orientation for field internship.

Admission Requirements for Advanced Standing Students

The Advanced Standing Program is available to a limited number of applicants who have completed their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the last five years. The BSW must have been earned from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program. Applicants must meet previously stated admission requirements and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the last 60 credits of undergraduate course work with an outstanding recommendation from the field director.

As of February 2013 the Transition Course is no longer required for Advanced Standing admissions.

Undergraduate course work will be examined by the admissions committee. Students admitted to this program will follow the Advanced Year Curriculum, which consists of 30 credits. One of the three professional letters of reference required must be from the program’s Director of Field Education. Highly promising applicants who do not precisely meet the GPA requirements may petition the College Graduate Admission Committee for exceptional consideration.

Admission Requirements for International Students

Graduates of colleges or universities outside of the United States who have completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree may apply for admission. International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit a score of 600 or higher (CBT-250 or higher) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before enrolling in course work. Applicants must write to Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. 08540, for details. In addition, international applicants must have had previous experience in the social welfare field in their own countries prior to application to the MSW program. Lastly, international applicants must also possess and provide a sound financial plan to cover the costs of tuition, living expenses, and round-trip transportation.

Child Welfare Certificate

The Child Welfare Certificate Program prepares students for a career in working with abused or neglected children and their families. The certificate program provides a foundation of knowledge in practice, policy, and programs that impact vulnerable children’s lives. Students develop practice skills in areas relevant to children’s services, including substance abuse and family violence. Depending on funding, internships may be available. Call 561-297-3234 for information. For specific requirements for the Child Welfare Certificate please view the brochure here. To apply for the Child Welfare Certificate, please complete the application here and email to tmarsha5@fau.edu. Please note that Child Welfare Certificate applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks before graduation to ensure your transcript is updated.

Aging Certificate

The Certificate Program prepares students for a career in service of diverse aging populations.  The certificate program provides a specialized knowledge and skill base in practice, practice-evaluation, research and policy areas in order to ensure the delivery of quality services to diverse aging groups.  Call 561-297-3234 for information. For specific requirements for the Aging Certificate please view the brochure here. To apply for the Aging Certificate, please complete the application here and then contact Dr. Juyoung Park at jpark14@fau.edu or 561-297-4537. Please note that Aging Certificate applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks before graduation to ensure your transcript is updated.

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