MSSW Application Checklist
Send ALL application materials to Graduate Admissions (preferred) or by mail to
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
An application is not complete until Graduate Admissions receives:
Completed online application at: http://louisville.edu/graduate
___ $60 non-refundable application fee. See http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/fee for more information
___ submit names and email addresses of at least 3 recommenders
Official transcripts from any and all colleges and universities ever attended
Transcripts must be OFFICIAL, and faxed transcripts cannot be accepted. Undergraduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college/university. You can check your school’s accreditation here: www.chea.org/search. Have transcripts sent directly to Graduate Admissions.
UofL transcripts are provided automatically.
3 Letters of Recommendation
Identify recommenders in Graduate application. Recommendation forms will be sent automatically
after the application fee is paid or waived. Printable forms are available under section “G” at
Observe the following requirements for acceptable recommenders:
Submit a carefully written 700-1,000 word personal statement (double-spaced, typewritten pages-12 pt.) that addresses the following four topics:
Include all current/past employment, volunteer, and internship experience.
Completed Agreements packet
___ Release and Waiver
___ Ethical Standards of Behavior Agreement
___ Personal Commitment and Synchronous Class Agreement
___ Technology Agreement
___ Practicum Agreement
All forms must be completed and signed (electronic signature is acceptable). Packet Link
Additional requirements for applicants with incoming GPA under 3.0
___ Addendum to Personal Statement discussing gaps or deficiencies in your academic record, or if you
have ever had an academic review, please explain. Include planned strategies for maintaining the
required 3.0 in graduate School.
___ GRE or MAT score for applicants with incoming GPA under 2.75
Dates for and information about tests can be found at http://louisville.edu/testing.Test scores are not required for applicants with incoming GPA over 2.75.
____ Information for applicants with incoming GPA of or under 2.5
The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies’ standards require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, therefore students applying to the Kent School with a GPA of 2.5 or less will rarely be considered. Contact Sarah Caragianis to discuss GPA questions/concerns.
Advanced Standing Admissions (BSW applicants only)
___ BSW/BSSW from the last 7 years from a CSWE accredited social work program
___ One of 3 letters of recommendation MUST be from the director of field education, practicum supervisor, or practicum seminar instructor
___ Copies of final practicum evaluation(s)
___ Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
___ Social Work GPA of at least 3.25
___ No “C” grades in social work foundation courses (or willing to re-take courses as a condition of admission)
___ IF applying for a specialization, include specialization essay at time of application
The School reserves the right to request additional supportive material from persons acquainted with the applicant’s academic and/or practice capabilities.
Dual Degree Applications
If you wish to apply for a dual degree you must also complete the other unit’s application process. For more information, please refer to http://louisville.edu/kent. Dual degrees are not available to MSSW Online students or Advanced Standing students.
Practicum Accommodations for Applicants Living Abroad
Applicants who live outside of the U.S will need to consult with Kent’s Director of Field Education Martha Fuller in advance of applying to the MSSW program to ensure the feasibility of meeting practicum placement requirements in accordance with CSWE policies.
Reasonable Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities
For other accommodations that may be needed to successfully complete practicum, the applicant should consult with Kent’s Director of Field Education Martha Fuller in advance of applying to the MSSW program. The focus of the consultation is to assess the likelihood of obtaining and successfully completing a practicum given the applicant’s unique accommodations. Successful completion of 900 hours in practicum is a required component of obtaining an MSSW degree. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis and may require referral to and consultation/collaboration with the UL’s Disability Resource Center.
Important Information for International Applicants (campus program applicants only) :
Admission materials can be sent all at once to Graduate Admissions or one at a time as they are completed. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee only when complete, after which there is typically a 6-8 week turnaround time for an admissions decision. Please Note: the Admissions Committee reserves the right to interview any applicant at their discretion. All materials must be received by Graduate Admissions by the deadline for your preferred Curriculum Plan.
MSSW Program Deadlines
January 30th Special Circumstances Deadline
- ALL applicants who want a practicum in Fall 2015 that is not already on the Kent School’s practicum agency roster. This is especially common for applicants outside Kentucky.
- 30-Hour Advanced Standing with Specializations
- 74-Hour MSSW-CFT applicants
February 28th Earlybird Deadline
- 30-hour Advanced Standing with intended Summer start
May 30th Traditional Deadline
Exceptions to Deadlines
- Applications after January 30th for 30-hour Advanced Standing Specializations and 74-hour MSSW-CFT will be considered only if space in a specialization allows AND if an appropriate practicum site is readily available.
- Applications submitted after May 30thwill be considered on a case by case basis if space allows and only if the applicant is willing to choose a curriculum plan that delays practicum until the following year (Plans C-F for 60-hr, and plans EE/FF for 30-hr; 30-hr students must also be working at a social service agency in order to execute the year-long research project).
**A note to MSSW Online Applicants: Due to the limited space available and the competitiveness of the 100% online programs, it is advisable to complete applications in a timely manner before the May 30th deadline. Online programs may fill prior to the May 30th deadline.