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Division of Social Work

Admission Requirements

Requirements for the Standard MSW Program:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or university that reflects a broad liberal arts preparation. This consists of having completed at least 21 credit hours in social and behavioral sciences and 6 credit hours in natural sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, and quantitative reasoning;
  • A human biology course, receiving a grade of C or better (please note, General Biology classes do not meet this requirement);
  • A statistics course, receiving a grade of C or better;
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale.

Requirements for the Advanced Standing MSW Program:

  • A bachelor's degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited social work program;
  • An undergraduate social work GPA of 3.25 or above;
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • Received a B or better and/or a Satisfactory grade in BSW Field Education Practicum.


Additionally, international student applicants for whom English is not their native language must furnish scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), ELS Language Centers or other approved tests of English proficiency.

The minimum paper TOEFL score acceptable for full admission is 540. This corresponds to the Internet-based TOEFL of 76.The minimum IELTS score for full admission is 6.0. Other approved tests will be acceptable at the level of the TOEFL score. Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency (i.e. TOEFL scores must be sent from ETS).

Please review the requirements for UW’s Graduate International Admission

MSW Admissions Process

The MSW admissions committee utilizes a holistic model in reviewing applications. Information for review is drawn from:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Personal statement
  3. Academic essay
  4. Professional references/recommendations
  5. Resume

All applications are carefully reviewed in accordance with the Division’s admission requirements and mission. Decisions are based on review of all application materials as they reflect the applicant’s commitment to social work, social and economic justice, the values and ethics of the social work profession, and the applicant’s potential as a graduate student, social work practitioner, colleague, and leader in the social work field. We also look for the intangible qualities that an applicant brings to the classroom and campus environment and to professional social work.

The admissions committee may sometimes request an interview with an applicant. The applicant may not request an interview with the committee.

For more information about MSW admissions, please contact Diane Kempson, or check out our FAQ's page.

Contact Us

University of Wyoming

College of Health Sciences

Division of Social Work

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Fax: (307) 766-6839


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