MSW Admissions Information & Application Forms

APPLICATION STATUS: The application cycle for the 2021 academic year will open October 2020.

DEADLINE: Jan. 15, 2021 for priority consideration for the 2021 academic year. Rolling admission for non-priority applications will be reviewed until program is full.

If you would like to talk or meet with Dr. Kimberly Zammitt, the MSW Program Director, about the program or the admissions process, please contact her directly to schedule an individual meeting.

2021 Application and Admissions Timeline

  • October 2020: Revised Admission Application and Information will be available on our website.
  • September, October, November, and December 2020: MSW Information Sessions will be held. Dates, times, and locations will be posted on this page.
  • January 15, 2021: All application materials must be received by this date for priority consideration for admission.
  • March 2021: Make sure to apply for Federal Financial Aid with the FAFSA application.
  • March 1, 2021: Applicants who applied by Jan. 15 are notified of their admission status by email.
  • March 15, 2021: Applicants notify the program of their intent to enroll.
  • April 2021: Calls for applications for Graduate Assistant positions, and stipend programs will be posted, and funding decisions made (separate from FAFSA awards)
  • May 2021: Summer Session Begins. Advanced Standing students take required SOWK 650 AS Seminar course (10 weeks) and Electives area available
  • August 2021: Fall Semester Begins. Traditional (2-yr) students begin required courses.

General Overview of Admissions Requirements

In order to qualify to be admitted and enroll in the MSW Program you need to have:

  • Completed a bachelor degree. For Traditional Program a BA or BS in any field, though it is recommended it be in an area of social, behavioral, or health sciences. For the Advanced Standing (accelerated program), you need to have a bachelor's degree from a CSWE accredited social work program (may be BS, BA, BSW, BSSW). For all applicants, If you have not completed the degree at the time you apply, you must verify that you will complete it and it must be completed before you can begin in the program, if you are admitted. (International Applicants must go through International Credential Review process.)*
  • Earned GPA of at least 3.0 on 4-point scale. (Some exceptions may be considered.)
  • Documented experience in the human or social services, education, or health care areas either as a paid staff member, intern, or volunteer.
  • An application essay.
    • Write and submit a well-written, application essay, of no more than 5 pages that responds to the five application prompts and that is grounded in social work knowledge (i.e. NASW Code of Ethics, Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, MSW Program website, MSW Program Statement on Critical Thinking, and MSW Program Guidelines to Writing). This essay will be used to assess your written academic ability and critical thinking skills. Please use professional/academic format: include a cover page (this does not count as one of the five pages of narrative), double-spaced 12-point font, 1-inch margins, page numbered in the upper right hand corner, and cite references in APA format.
  • Three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.

Apply to MSW Program:

Application Instructions: Please apply to Fall term for both Advanced Standing and Traditional Program.

  • Upload a current resume to the Supporting Information section.
  • Upload your application essay to the Program Materials section.
  • Request recommendations from references in the Program Materials section.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all previous college coursework to the Academic History section.
  • Complete and submit the application.

If you have any difficulties with the Online Application system please email gradapp@mnsu.edu.

Social Work Resources for Application Essay:

These resources are provided to assist you with your application essay.

  1. MSW Program Statement on Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking in Social Work Education
  2. Adhere to the MSW Program Guidelines, as set forth by the current APA. American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).
  3. NASW Code of Ethics
  4. Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice

MSW Virtual Information Sessions

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, via Zoom.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, via Zoom.
  • Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, via Zoom.
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, via the Zoom.

Join via Zoom

Link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/99549358885
Meeting ID: 995 4935 8885
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For answers to questions about the admissions process which you cannot find on these pages, please contact: Dr. Kimberly Zammitt, MSW Program Director, Phone: (507) 389-1219