MSSW Admissions

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Click HERE to register for one of the Prospective Student Information Sessions listed below

Tuesday 10/24 from 6:30-8:30pm EST (virtual)

Sat 11/4 from 1-230pm EST (virtual)

Thurs 11/9 from 5-645pm EST (on campus)

Thurs 11/16 from 630-745pm EST (virtual)





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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 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.

Applicants to the MSSW program must meet the following requirements:

(a) A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;

(b) A minimum of 27 credit hours in the social sciences, i.e. communications (6), natural sciences(3), humanities(9), and social sciences (9); and

(c) A minimum of 3 credit hours in each of the following Prerequisite courses: statistics, research methods and human biology. **Prerequisite courses may be completed during the first semester of MSSW study. Click here to learn more about prerequisite requirements.

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.

Questions about our application process? Take a look at these "How to" videos.

MSSW Program Deadlines

Click  here for MSSW Program Deadlines

 Exceptions to Deadlines

  • Applications submitted after December 15th 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 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).

**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.

Online Program Admissions Procedures

To view MSSW Online program admissions procedures, go to UofL Online Learning.

Click here for Admissions FAQs!

Contact Information

Request More Information Form

Email: msswkent@louisville.edu

Sarah Caragianis, MSSW Admissions Coordinator

Jennifer Henderson, MSSW Admissions Coordinator

Misty Kupka, MSSW Student Services Program Manager

Dr. Shawnise Miller , MSSW Program Director

MSSW Student Catalog 2017 - 2018