MSW Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to both the Full-Time MSW Program and the Part-Time MSW Program at the same time?

No. We can only consider an application for one program. Applying to both programs will mean that your application will not be considered for either program.

Can I apply to both the Part-Time MSW Program Madison site and the Eau Claire site at the same time?

No. Do not select more than one site in the Graduate School Application. The admissions criteria is the same for both sites; therefore, we only consider one application in an admissions cycle for an academic year.

Do you accept applications from application services, such as the Social Work CAS (Centralized Application Service)?

No. You must use the UW-Madison Graduate School Application.

What are the prerequisites for admission to the MSW Programs?

Visit Prerequisites for the MSW Programs for more information.

What is a social science course?

Visit Social Science Credit Guidelines for more information on what constitutes a social science course and to determine whether you meet this program prerequisite.

Can I apply if my undergraduate GPA for my last 60 credits is below a 3.0?

Yes. In the space provided in the “Supplemental Apps” section of the UW-Madison Graduate School Application, you should provide an explanation of any circumstances that may have contributed to your GPA. Visit Master of Social Work Full-Time Program Application Instructions and Information or Master of Social Work Part-Time Program Application Instructions and Information under the “Social Work MSW Supplemental Application” section for more information.

Will I be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

GREs are not required. If your last 60 credit undergraduate grade-point average is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, GRE scores can enhance your application and provide evidence of your readiness for graduate study.

Visit Master of Social Work Full-Time Program Application Instructions and Information or Master of Social Work Part-Time Program Application Instructions and Information under the “GRE Scores (Optional)” section for more information.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

You should submit three letters of recommendation; any additional letters will not be considered. Visit Master of Social Work Full-Time Program Application Instructions and Information or Master of Social Work Part-Time Program Application Instructions and Information under the “Three Letters of Recommendation” section for more information.

What do I do if my recommender does not submit a letter?

If it is BEFORE the application deadline, identify and contact a new recommender and log back into your UW-Madison Graduate School Application with your original application login username and password. You will click the “Recommendations” button and be able to add a new recommender at any time.

If it is AFTER the application deadline, your application will be considered incomplete.

I went to UW-Madison. Do I need to submit an official UW-Madison transcript?

You need to submit a UW-Madison transcript, but it can be an unofficial transcript (i.e., your Student Record which you can access in your Student Center through MyUW). If you attended any institution other than UW-Madison, you are still required to submit official transcripts from those schools.

I am a current student. Do the grades for the semester in which I am now enrolled need to be on my transcript?

No. You can upload a transcript to the application that does not include your current semester grades.

The envelope containing my official transcript indicates it will no longer be considered official if I open it. Am I allowed to open the envelope?

When I apply, am I automatically considered for admission with Advanced Standing or with some exemptions from the generalist foundation year courses?

No. First you are admitted to the program and then Advanced Standing and exemption decisions are determined. Visit Prospective Graduate Students for more information about Advanced Standing and Exemptions Exam Information and Schedule for more information about exemption exams.  

When will I be notified of my admissions decision?

Visit MSW Application Status for more information.

Can I defer admissions to next year?

The School of Social Work does not allow applicants to defer their admissions to the next academic year. You would need to reapply.