Information for Advanced  Standing and Standard MSW program applicants

All documents received by the School of Social Work in connection with an application for admission become the property of the School of Social Work. If the applicant is not admitted into the MSW Program within two years, the admission documents may be destroyed.

Please note that applications that do not follow the listed requirements will be denied and applicants must reapply and pay the required application fee for the following admission term to be considered.

Application Procedures for MSW Advanced Standing Program

All required admission materials are submitted directly to Graduate College at http://graduate.asu.edu/  

The rolling admission process is utilized for admission to the Advanced Standing Program and starts on November 1st with a final deadline set on January 8th. 

The following items are required in order to be considered for admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program and are submitted directly to the ASU Graduate College in sufficient time to meet the School of Social Work Admission Deadline:

  • Graduate College Application 
  • Application Fee
  • One official transcript from each institution where the applicant has previously attended.   Transcripts should be requested immediately. Note: If you received your baccalaureate degree from ASU you do not need to submit transcripts.
  • Statement of Educational and Career Goals:  A three to five page typewritten, double-spaced Statement of your Educational and Career Goals is required. Your statement will be used to evaluate your knowledge of your career choice, your commitment to the social work profession, and your understanding of and commitment to the mission of the ASU School of Social Work. In addition, your statement will be used to assess your written communication abilities. When formulating your essay please use the guideline statements listed below as paragraph headings. Format your statement using a twelve-inch font and one-inch margins. In order for the admission committee to appropriately review your statement, it is necessary for you to address all three of the following guideline statements:

1. Experience, background and/or relationships that have influenced your selection of social work as your professional career (family, education, employment, diversity experience, volunteer involvements, and personal characteristics, etc.).

 2. Your understanding of the responsibilities of the social work profession and specifically the role and responsibilities that you wish to be able to assume as a professional social worker.

3. Reasons for selecting the program at ASU School of Social Work and thoughts on how the Mission Statement addresses your career goals.

  • Professional resume that includes volunteer and relevant paid work experience. In your resume, with regards to your required 240 hours of human service experience (paid or volunteer) be sure to provide a very specific description of your duties/activities and include the hours and dates of your experience.  Applicants may use this form: 240 Hours Human Service Experience

  • References:  You will be prompted on the Graduate College application to provide the name and e-mail addresses of at least 3 individuals that you would like use as a reference. A combination of both academic and professional references are required. References from friends, family members or personal therapists will cause the application to be automatically denied. It is recommended that at least one of the academic or professional references be from your BSW field instructor, or from your supervisor if employed in a social work related job.

The mailing address for ASU Graduate College is:

Arizona State University
Graduate College
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Application Procedures for MSW Standard Program

Applications will be available beginning November 1st.  The rolling admission process to both the Downtown campus and Tucson program is utilized for admission to the MSW Standard Program with a final deadline set on June 1st with all materials must be received by June 15th.

All required admission materials are submitted directly to Graduate College at http://graduate.asu.edu/  

The following items are required in order to be considered for admission to the MSW Standard Program and are submitted directly to ASU Graduate College in sufficient time to meet the School of Social Work Admission Deadline:

  • Graduate College Application 
  • Application Fee
  • One official transcript from each institution where the applicant has previously attended. Transcripts should be requested immediately.  Note: If you received your baccalaureate degree from ASU you do not need to submit transcripts.
  • Statement of Educational and Career Goals: A three to five page typewritten, double-spaced Statement of your Educational and Career Goals is required. Your statement will be used to evaluate your knowledge of your career choice, your commitment to the social work profession, and your understanding of and commitment to the mission of the ASU School of Social Work. In addition, your statement will be used to assess your written communication abilities. When formulating your essay please use the guideline statements listed below as paragraph headings. Format your statement using a twelve-inch font and one-inch margins. In order for the admission committee to appropriately review your statement, it is necessary for you to address all three of the following guideline statements:

1. Experience, background and/or relationships that have influenced your selection of social work as your professional career (family, education, employment, diversity experience, volunteer involvements, and personal characteristics, etc.).

 2. Your understanding of the responsibilities of the social work profession and specifically the role and responsibilities that you wish to be able to assume as a professional social worker.

3. Reasons for selecting the program at ASU School of Social Work and thoughts on how the Mission Statement addresses your career goals.

  • Professional resume that includes volunteer and relevant paid work experience. In your resume, with regards to your required 240 Human Service Experience (paid or volunteer) be sure to provide a very specific description of your duties/activities and include the hours and dates of your experience. Applicants may use this form: 240 Hours Human Service Experience
  • References: You will be prompted on the Graduate College application to provide the name and e-mail addresses of at least 3 individuals that you would like use as a reference. A combination of both academic and professional references are required. References from friends, family members or personal therapists will cause the application to be automatically denied. 

The mailing address for ASU Graduate College is:

Arizona State University
Graduate College
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112