MSSW Admissions

We are here to guide you along the way to your MSSW!


Prospective Student Information Sessions

Please note:  All sessions are Virtual Sessions!


Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 6:30 pm -8:00 pm EST

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6:30 pm -8:00 pm EST

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 6:30 pm -8:00 pm EST


HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Applicant Sessions:

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 pm -8:00 pm EST

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:30 pm -8:00 pm EST


Advanced Standing (30hr) Applicant Sessions:




Spring, Summer, and Fall Starts!  No Prerequisites!  Day/Evening/Saturday Campus Courses and Online Courses



Admission to the Kent School of Social Work is competitive. The selection process includes an evaluation of each applicant’s demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, practitioner and leader in the social work field. Applicants to the MSSW  program should utilize the MSSW Application Checklist to ensure that all application requirements and relevant deadlines are met. 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is recommended for you to be considered for admission to Kent School.

The Kent School also accepts graduate elective credit from employees in the Protection and Permanency Division at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services who have completed Credit for Learning (CFL) courses.

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 that 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

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 Exceptions to Deadlines

  • Applications submitted after December 15th for 30-hour Advanced Standing Specializations and 81-hour MSSW-CFT will be considered only if space in a specialization allows AND if an appropriate practicum site is readily available.
  • Applications for a Fall start submitted after May 30th will 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-hour; 30-hour students must also be working at a social service agency in order to execute the year-long research project). 

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Contact Information

Dr. Shawnise Miller, MSSW Program Director

Sarah Caragianis , MSSW Program Manager

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