Master of Science in Social Work Admissions


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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Master of Science in Social Work program. The MSSW Program is accepting and reviewing applications and admitting new students year-round! NoJavoughn Brown-Lewis, ’22 MSSW/MSCFT graduate GRE required! You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to apply to our MSSW program. Our admissions process and application requirements are customized to accommodate unique prospective student demographics. Each applicant must complete an online application including essays, submit official transcripts, and letter(s) of recommendation. Learn more about requirements at the application checklist below.

Admissions Requirements and Application Checklist:

Transfer Credit

Do you have graduate-level courses that you would like evaluated for transfer eligibility?  The Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form allows you to verify which transfer courses may be eligible for credit in the Kent MSSW Program.   Please note that this form is only for prior coursework from a regionally accredited college or university. 

No credit will be given for previous work or life experience.

Follow this link to view our transfer credit policy and to get the review process started.

Important Application Deadlines

 There are two important application deadlines to think about while applying, the MSSW Program application and Practicum Education application. Please note you must be admitted to the MSSW Program before you can apply for a practicum placement with Practicum Education Office. Give yourself time to apply to the MSSW Program and receive an attendance decision which takes approximately 10 working days from the time of receipt of your completed application to receive an admissions decision. You can still apply and start the MSSW Program even if you do not meet the Practicum Education deadline. You can do coursework and apply for a practicum placement for the following semester. Practicum placements begin during the Fall and Spring semesters. Download MSSW Deadline dates [PDF]

Military Applicants

The UofL Graduate School waives the application fee for currently serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans. Additionally, UofL and the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science are committed to supporting students currently serving in the military, veterans, and family members in their academic success. You can learn more about the application fee waiver, military tuition rates ,and student support services here.

Dual Degrees Applicants

If you wish to pursue any of the dual degree programs, you must also complete the other unit's application process. All dual degree options may not offer fully online opportunities, so students in the Online MSSW program may be ineligible for some dual degrees.

International Applicants & US Citizens Living Abroad & Outside of Kentucky

All MSSW candidates who completed their undergraduate degrees outside of the US are required to have their transcripts evaluated by the credential services World Education Services at or Educational Credential Evaluators at Any candidate may be required to participate in a brief telephone interview as part of the admissions process. Candidates who are required to complete an I-20 form should note that they will be placed in a practicum program as part of their education. Admitted students to the on-campus program should contact UofL's International Center to determine if any other immigration documentation is necessary to begin practicum at

ALL candidates for whom English is not their primary language must:

  • Show English proficiency by demonstration of a specified level of proficiency on the TOEFL exam, IELTS or Duolingo examination or by providing an official transcript from an acceptable English language institution
  • Minimum TOEFL scores: 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or a score of 79-80 on Internet-based TOEFL is required. More information on TOEFL at
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 for more information review
  • Duolingo score of 105 for more information review

Applicants who live outside of the US will need to consult with the Practicum Education Office in advance of applying to the MSSW program to ensure the feasibility of meeting the practicum placement requirements in accordance with CSWE policies at A qualified practicum supervisor must be readily available (e.g., the supervisor has an MSSW/MSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution or similar CSWE type accreditation) and/or the applicant must participate in identifying a qualified practicum supervisor with the support of the Practicum Education Office. Both applicants outside of the US and outside of Kentucky must be willing to participate in the process of identifying a qualified practicum supervisor with the support of the Practicum Education Office. MSSW Online applicants in rural areas must consider that they may be required to travel to their practicum placements if no qualifying practicums are available in their local area.

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