Admissions Information | MSW

Admission to the Regular and Advanced Standing Tracks of the MSW degree program is competitive and early application is encouraged.

The application process for both tracks are the same, but have different deadlines. Deadlines are listed below.

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1. Preparation

Eligibility

  • Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. 

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Markers

2. Application — Regular Standing Track

Transcripts

Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with pre-requisite coursework.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

GPA:  Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. 

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as DocufideScrip Safe or National Clearinghouse.

Email to transcripts@css.edu.

Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica 
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

Online Application

The application process for both the Regular and Advanced Standing Tracks are the same, but have different deadlines. Deadlines are:

Regular Standing Track priority deadline:
February 1

Advanced Standing Track deadline:
There is currently a waiting list for Summer 2014. The application cycle for the Summer 2015 cohort will open June 1, 2014 and run through October 1, 2014.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. References: As part of the online application, applicants must enter the contact information for two professional and/or academic reference forms from people who can address the applicant's abilities and interpersonal skills, potential for graduate education and potential for professional social work practice. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  3. Professional Statement: Please keep this response to no more than THREE double-spaced, typed pages. Applicants must upload a well-written professional statement in the online application that addresses the following:
    1. How did you become interested in social work?
    2. What motivated you to decide to pursue an MSW? If you have trained or worked in another field, what are you reasons for a change?
    3. Discuss those personal qualities and abilities you feel will be helpful to you in the social work profession. What do you currently see as your strengths and areas of improvement?
    4. Discuss any significant volunteer and/or work experiences related to social work or human services.
    5. What are your professional goals and plans in social work? Indicate which fields of practice, client groups, and special social problems interest you and why.
  4. Resume: As part of the online application, applicants will upload a current resume or vitae with their application. 
  5. Interview: Applicants may be asked to interview with the Admissions Committee before a final decision is reached.
  6. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.

International Admissions Policy

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

Financing

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Tuition discounts are available to our Clinical partners and employees of the Benedictine Health Care Facility, among others. See our discounts page for more information. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or onestop@css.edu.

Application Deadlines

Regular Standing Track Timeline:
Cohort start time: September
Application deadline: August 15
Priority deadline: February 1

Advanced Standing Track Timeline:
Cohort start time: July
Application deadline: May 15
Priority deadline: October 1

Regular standing track priority deadline:
February 1

Advanced Standing Track deadline:
There is currently a waiting list for Summer 2014. The application cycle for the Summer 2015 cohort will open June 1, 2014 and run through October 1, 2014.

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Breanne TeplerBreanne Tepler
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8734
btepler@css.edu