MSSW Admissions

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


Prospective Student Informational Sessions

Want to learn more about attaining a Master of Science in Social Work degree?

The Kent school of social work offers virtual informational Prospective Student Sessions (PSS) for applicants interested in earning an MSSW. General Informational sessions are offered for all applicants who earned or will earn a bachelor's degree, no matter the major. HBCU sessions are offered for applicants who have graduated or will graduate from a Historically Black College. Advanced standing sessions are for applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) or equivalent.

General Sessions:

Tuesday: Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm EST

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm EST

Thursday, July 28, 2022, 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm EST

Advanced Standing Session:

Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

HBCU Session:

Thursday, August 25, 2022, 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

*Informational session for all applicants

**Informational session for applicants who have graduated or will graduate from a Historical Black College (HBCU)

***Informational session for BSW to MSSW applicants


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

Click here for MSSW Program Deadlines

 Exceptions to Deadlines

  • Applications submitted after December 15th for  81-hour MSSW-CFT will be considered only if space  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). 

Click here for Admissions FAQs!

Contact Information

Dr. Shawnise Miller, MSSW Program Director

pictures of badges