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Social Work (MSW) Program

Social Work (MSW) Program

Admissions Information

 
 

Getting Started

Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website www.fgcu.edu/graduate or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or graduate@fgcu.edu for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.

Note: The GRE is not required for admission to the MSW program at FGCU.  If your GPA is below 3.0 you will be required to submit a exception letter stating why you should be considered for the program and what steps you have taken to mitigate the low GPA. Submitting an exception letter in this circumstances does not guarantee admission to the program.

Fall 2019 - 2020 Supplemental Application

Application Deadline is February 15, 2019                                                                   

Program Admission Requirements

General Program:

  • Earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Admission to FGCU Graduate Studies (https://www.fgcu.edu/Graduate/apply.html)
  • Evidence of broad coursework in the liberal arts: 6 hours General Science (must include Human Biology); 6 hours English Composition; 6 hours Humanities; 6 hours Social Sciences; 6 hours Quantitative Math.
  • Successful completion of a course in statistics
  • One year's (40 hours per week) paid experience in a social service agency (in a service capacity) is preferred.
  • Earned a 3.0 GPA or higher for the final 60 hours of your undergraduate degree. 
  • Three professional references including one from a former instructor, if available.
  • A written personal statement (to be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee for commitment to social work values, social justice, diversity, writing skills, etc.).
  • Interviews may be required.
  • Completion of MSW Application Package (PDF). (See link provided above.)
  • An international applicant for whom English is a second language is required to submit a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the MSW program at FGCU.

Advanced Standing Program:

  • Earned baccalaureate of social work degree within the past 5 years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Admission to FGCU Graduate Studies (https://www.fgcu.edu/Graduate/apply.html)
  • Successful completion of a course in statistics.
  • One year (40 hours per week) paid experience in a social service agency (in a service capacity is preferred) is preferred.
  • Earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher in all undergraduate Social Work courses.
  • Three professional references including one from a former instructor, if available.  
  • A written personal statement (to be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee for commitment to social work values, social justice, diversity, writing skills, etc.).
  • An interview may be required.
  • Completion of MSW Application Package (PDF). (See link provided above.)
  • Completed Advanced Standing Application Packet.  (Included in MSW Application Package, link provided above.)
  • Copy of complete BSW Field Performance Evaluation.
  • An international applicant for whom English is a second language is required to submit a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the Advanced Standing MSW program at FGCU.

These materials must be submitted in order for the applicant to be considered for admission for the summer semester. Students will be admitted to the two-year MSW program during the summer semester of each year. Note that only elective courses will be offered during the summer semester, core courses will begin in the fall semester.  All admitted students are required to attend an orientation held during the fall immediately prior to classes beginning. In addition, students planning to enroll full-time must plan to be available during the summer months for the field placement search process. Although student "life" or work experiences are highly valued by the faculty, no academic credit is given in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or courses in the professional foundation areas specified in the Curriculum Policy Statement.