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MSW Application Procedures

Step 1

The Graduate School Application

The WKU Graduate School requires a separate application to be submitted by all graduate students. It is important that you identify your MSW program of choice  (Hybrid or Online) on this application.

The Graduate School Application

Step 2

The Social Work Department Application

After submitting your Graduate School application, you must complete the Department of Social Work Master's Program application. 

MSW Application

Application deadline is April 1, 2023. Be sure to read the MSW Application Guide for detailed information about the application process and requirements. Use the MSW application checklist to verify completion of all components. The application includes:

  • A personal statement responding to specific application questions
  • A writing sample specific to the requirements listed in the application
  • Current resume
  • Three recommendations (to be completed via the link below by academic, professional, or field site reccommenders) 

Your application will not be reviewed until ALL required components have been submitted to mswadmissions@wku.eduEnsure that files being submitted are named to include your full name and specific document type (example: lastname_firstname_resume.pdf).

Personal references and recommendations can be submitted here: 

Submit a Reference


Master of Social Work Program Options

Advanced Standing

Available to students who:

  • Graduated from a CSWE-accredited BSW program within the last seven years
  • Held a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed program prerequisites

This program has a 33 credit hour curriculum.  Time to complete this program:

  • Full-time on-campus: 1 year
  • Full-time online: 1 year
  • Part-time on-campus: 2 years
  • Part-time online: 2 years

*An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75-2.99 may be considered with an interview


Available to students who:

  • Do not meet Advanced Standing requirements
  • Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in a field other than social work
  • Held a minimum GPA of 2.75 

This program has a 60 credit hour curriculum. Time to complete this program:

  • Full-time on-campus: 2 years
  • Full-time online: 2 years
  • Part-time on-campus: 4 years
  • Part-time online: 3 years

*An overall undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may be considered for alternate admission

Course schedule by program can be viewed HERE.

  • Face-to-face classes that meet only Tuesday or Thursday
  • Available to part-time and full-time students
  • Mandatory student orientation held in-person
  • Online classes that meet only Tuesday or Thursday
  • Available to part-time and full-time students
  • Mandatory student orientation held online




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 Last Modified 2/3/23