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Master of Science in Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work online degree at the University of Louisville Online

We are happy to guide you through the admission and application process for the Master of Science in Social Work online.

To apply, be sure to follow the 2015-2016 Application Checklist


For a complete application, you must submit ALL items on the application checklist (no exceptions). Be sure to fully complete and sign all sections of the Agreements Packet. If applying to a specialization, you must submit a separate essay per published instructions on the selected specialization page.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission into the online MSSW program, you must submit your complete application packet by the applicable date (according with the respective curriculum plans selected):

  1. January 30 - Special Circumstances Deadline
    • ALL applicants who want a practicum in fall 2016 that is not already listed on the Kent School’s practicum agency roster. This is especially common for applicants outside Kentucky.
    • Review practicum agency rosters here:
      • 30-hour Advanced Program applicants should review the MSSW Advanced Standing Roster
      • 60-hour Standard program applicants should review the MSSW Foundation Agency Roster
    • 30-Hour Advanced Standing applicants who also want to select a Specialization
    • 74-Hour MSSW-Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Specialization applicants (Note: The MFT specialization is not available to online students)
  2. February 28 - Early Bird Deadline
    • 30-hour Advanced Standing applicants with intended Summer start
  3. May 30 - Traditional Deadline
    • 30-hour Advanced Standing applicants without Specializations
    • 60-hour Standard applicants who do not need to select a practicum in fall 2016
    • ALL applicants who want a practicum in fall 2016 that is listed on Kent School’s practicum agency roster

The sooner you apply and get an admissions decision, the more time you have to complete any needed prerequisites before classes begin (if applicable).

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Are You Ready for Social Work?

Because the social work profession requires full commitment and life-long dedication to the wellbeing and advancement of others, we strongly encourage you to review the NASW Code of Ethics before applying to the MSSW program, to ensure your beliefs and behaviors align with the social work profession's mission, ethical principles and core values.

Due to the highly competitive program, we encourage you to submit your online application as soon as possible so you get counted for the next start. Then you can gather all other necessary documentation and submit it by the deadline. Strong applications submitted after January 30 / February 28 (preferred deadline for admission to MSSW Online program) may be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis and as space (enrollment count) allows.

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How To Apply

The 2015-2016 MSSW Application Checklist (PDF) lists all the documents you must submit to Graduate Admissions for your application for admission to the online MSSW program to be complete. Read over it carefully and submit all applicable materials.

The checklist is an essential tool that can help you navigate through the admission requirements, keep track of the documentation you have and identify the documentation you still need to obtain.

Send all admission materials to our Graduate Admissions office at the following address:

Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Credit Transfer

You may transfer up to six applicable credit hours of graduate coursework from any regionally-accredited university, pending department approval. Transfer credit is reviewed after an applicant has been admitted to the MSSW program.

Click here to review the Kent School of Social Work's Transfer of Credit Policy [PDF].

Application Deadlines/Curriculum Plans

To see what core courses and electives are offered in the MSSW online program, please refer to the Standard or Advanced Standing curriculum plans.

Important! Students notify the Kent School of the curriculum plan they intend to follow to complete the MSSW program. Applicants do not need to specify their preferred plan in their application for admission, but they should submit their application based on the deadline for the plan they prefer.

International Students

MSSW applications submitted by U.S. citizens living abroad and international students are not being accepted at this time, except in rare circumstances when all of the following requirements are met:

  • No language barriers exist
  • A qualified practicum supervisor is readily available (e.g., the supervisor has a MSSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution or similar CSWE-type accreditation)
  • UofL’s Kent School of Social Work has previously established partnerships with practicum sites and faculty liaisons

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, follow the Application Checklist instructions to make sure the proper documents are submitted with your application.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email,

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