MSSW FAQs

1.    For answers to questions not covered below, please contact: MSSW Admissions office at msswkent@louisville.edu or 502-852-8777.

2.    Are there information sessions to learn more about Kent School?

Kent School hosts Prospective Student Sessions throughout the year. The sessions are small group meetings that provide an overview of our programs and tips for a successful application process. Prospective Student Sessions - link to session info and RSVP form.

3.    How do I start my application to Kent School?
Apply online at: Graduate Admissions. The fee is $60, payable by credit card or check. Paying by check delays your application by 8 days.  Recipients of certain government assistance programs may be eligible to waive this fee.  For details, contact SIGS at 502-852-3101

4.    What admissions materials are needed to complete my application?
Official transcripts of all college coursework, three letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic) and a personal statement are required, as well as acceptable test scores if the GPA is below 2.75. The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies’ standards require a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5, therefore students applying to the Kent School with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or less will rarely be considered. See the Application Checklist.

5.    Where do I send my admission materials?
All admission materials should be emailed or mailed to Graduate Admissions after the online application is complete OR uploaded during completion of the online application (not required and can be skipped to submit materials later).  Materials should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

OR gradadm@louisville.edu

6.   What is the deadline for admission?
The Early Consideration Deadline is January 30th, the Early BirdDeadline is February 28th, and the Traditional Deadline is May 30th.  Please see Application Checklist. for significance of each deadline. To meet a deadline, all admission materials must be received at Graduate Admissions by that date. The earlier an applicant is admitted, the more options there are available for optimum practicum placement, early registration and scholarships. For more details and information about earlier deadlines and exceptions to deadlines, see the Application Checklist.

7.    How long does it take for a decision to be made on my application?
When all admission materials have been received at Graduate Admissions, the applicant’s file goes before the Kent Admissions Committee for a decision, starting in January. The applicant is notified of the decision by mail. From the time the application is complete, the process usually takes 8 or 9 weeks.  Applications are reviewed as soon as they are complete.

8.    Is there a difference between MSW and MSSW degrees? Not really, a Masters of Social Work and a Master of Science in Social Work have similar required coursework as mandated by the accrediting body, CSWE (Council on Social Work Education).

9.    How late can I apply and still be placed in a practicum the first year?
If you choose a curriculum plan that includes a practicum the first year (as typical f-time plans do) all application materials must be received at Graduate Admissions by the Traditional May 30th Deadline, in order to be eligible for a practicum placement on Kent’s Agency roster for the following Fall.   If you are an MSSW ONLINE applicant, you must apply by January 30th to be considered for a curriculum plan that involves a practicum (plans A &B) unless you are pursuing a practicum on Kent’s agency roster list of already established practicum sites in which the deadline is May 30th.

10.    Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for admission to Kent?
If your cumulative GPA is 2.75 or above, no test score is required for admission to Kent. Otherwise, applicants need to submit an acceptable score on either the GRE or the MAT.  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.

11.    What are the criteria for acceptance into the Advanced Program?
Kent School will consider for the Advanced Program (30 hours), applicants who have graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a regionally accredited program within the last 7 years, provided the applicant has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and has at least a B in all social work courses, and a 3.25 cumulative GPA in all social work foundation courses. In addition, 1 of the applicant’s 3 letters of recommendation must be from the Director of Field Education.  Applicants who obtained their BSW beyond the 7 year deadline may be considered in rare circumstances.

12.   Are there any prerequisites for admission?
The three prerequisites are Human Biology, Statistics and Research Methods. Applicants who need to complete prerequisites have the option to take the courses online at Kent School. For details and other options, see Prerequisites

13.   What is the deadline for admission to the MSSW-MFT Marriage and Family Therapy specialization (this specialization is open to on campus students ONLY)?
Prospective MFT specialization students have the best chance of admittance if they get their applications completed and submitted to Kent School by the special Jan 30th deadline.  Students should insure that they have included all the information for the MSSW admissions process as well as the MFT specific requirements.  The admissions process will be conducted on a rolling basis beginning shortly after Jan 30th, and will continue until the class is full.  Each year the program will also keep a short waiting list to insure a full class.

14.    Is acceptance into the MSSW-MFT Marriage and Family Therapy specialization the same as admission to Kent this specialization is open to on campus students ONLY)?
No. Although admission to Kent School is the first step and those interested should proceed with an application to Kent, there are additional admission requirements for this specialization. To apply for admission to this program, please review the MFT specialization page information and contact the director’s assistant, Danette Baker to confirm your interest. Acceptance into the MFT specialization is limited and highly competitive.

15.    What are the options for financial aid?
Most Kent scholarship funds are awarded primarily based on need with a strong commitment to support minority students to insure a diverse student body.  Some scholarships are designed to support students with various interests, for example: plans to practice in rural Kentucky, an interest in working in gerontology, or an interest in macro practice with an aging, policy or legislative focus. Kent Scholarship Information.  The University of Louisville’s Financial Aid Department http://louisville.edu/financialaid keeps a list of various other UL Scholarships and financial aid counselors can assist with other questions.

16.   Are there any graduate assistantships at Kent School?
At this time there are not any graduate assistantships at Kent School available to MSSW students. However, on campus students can search “graduate assistantship” at www.louisville.edu to find opportunities that are available in other various University departments (student services, residence life, etc).

17.    Are there any special requirements for admission for international students?
For admission to Kent School, international students may be required to have transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service and students whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL score. See the Application Checklist for details. Additionally, students must contact the International Centerin order to become knowledgeable about the various requirements for international students who wish to be admitted to the University.

18.     What time of day are Kent School on campus classes held?
Class times are:    9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   (Mon/Tu/Th/Fri/Sat)   *no 9:30 class on Wed.
1:00 p.m. to   3:30 p.m.   (Mon/Tu/W/Th/Fri/Sat)
5:00 p.m. to   7:30 p.m.   (Mon/Tu/W/Th/Fri)    *no 5:00 class on Sat.

19.    Is it possible to go through Kent part time?
There are numerous part time options, but students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester and finish the program in four years or less.

20.   Is there a weekend program at Kent?
Kent School has weekend programs that allow students to attend classes on Fridays and Saturdays, or just on Saturdays. The classes meet every weekend throughout the traditional academic year. Summer semester classes are available on weekends, too. Consult the Curriculum Plan guide for the wide variety of curriculum plans available.  Practicum opportunities are generally not available on the weekend.  *Campus curriculum plans can also be supplemented with online courses.

21.    Is there an ONLINE program at Kent School?
Yes, Kent School has a new MSSW Online Program.  Students who wish to take a blended approach by taking BOTH regular on campus courses AND online courses, should apply to the regular MSSW On Campus program.   Applicants who wish to take ONLY MSSW Online courses should apply to the MSSW Online program.  Currently some specializations are available to MSSW Online students (Psychosocial Oncology, Gerontology, Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Counseling, & Military Social Work) — please see Kent’s specialization page on the website for more details on these specializations).

Updated 10.9.14