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MSW Degree: Admission Requirements

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DegreeTraditional MSW: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Advanced Standing: Applicants must have earned a BSW from a CSWE Accredited program within the past 7 years
Minimum GPAA minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
TranscriptsOfficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate college transcripts
Additional Requirements
  • Personal essay describing academic objectives
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your potential to succeed in graduate education
  • Interview with member of admissions committee (may be required)
“I had a personal admissions team member to answer any of my questions through texts, calls, and emails. I actually ended up enrolling a semester sooner than I expected because it was so quick and easy. I am so grateful for that jump start on my degree.”
– Online MSW Student

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International Students

International students must also meet the following requirements:

English Language Proficiency*SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS scores to verify English proficiency
Official Transcript EvaluationOfficial evaluation by a current member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)

You can find the list of current members at Please request that the evaluation company send the official evaluation report directly to Carlow University.
PassportCopy of passport can be emailed to
Notarized Affidavit of Support FormAll affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official/notarized bank or employer’s statement and must show evidence that the amount pledged is available. If a student has more than one sponsor, each sponsor must submit a Carlow notarized affidavit with an accompanying statement. Bank statements should be no older than six months.

*If you have earned at least 24 or more credits with a C or better from an accredited U.S. college or university (excluding ESL courses), you may be exempt from submitting test scores.

Transfer Credit

Students who are accepted for advanced standing will receive up to 15 credits from their BSW degree towards the 60 required credits. The MSW program accepts up to 12 credits as transfer credits for other students, reviewed on an individual basis. Find out more about transferring credits by requesting information.

When to Apply

We offer three start dates a year, so it’s always a good time to submit your application. If you’re ready to take the next step on your journey with Carlow, apply today.