Master of Social Work: Advanced Standing

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Felicia Hilson Fall & Spring Semester: None

Summer Semester: January 14

Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email:
fahilson@valdosta.edu
Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-219-1392 Department of Social Work

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

      • Must hold an undergraduate BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
      • The undergraduate work must have been completed within the last five years.
      • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate major.
      • Minimum overall grade-point average of 2.50 on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
      • If applicant has earned a graduate degree and is using the graduate grade-point average for admission review, a minimum 3.00 grade point average is required in all attempted graduate coursework.
      • Prerequisite undergraduate courses with a “C” or better (see Important Program Information for a list of courses.

Graduate Record Exam

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Miller Analogies Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • A combined score of 800 or more on the Verbal and Quantitative sections OR a Verbal score of 400 or higher and an Analytical score of 3.5 or higher
  • Minimum MAT Score: 390

MSW Supplemental Application

(Required Recommendation Form)

  • To be considered for Advanced Standing, applicants must submit a total of three recommendations which include: completed MSW Recommendation Forms and a recommendation letter.
  • Of the three recommendations, two must be from undergraduate faculty members from the BSW program.
  • The third recommendation should be completed by a professional familiar with your academic and/or professional background.

Three Recommendations

(MSW Recommendation Form Required)

    • To be considered for Advanced Standing, applicants must submit a total of three recommendations which include: completed MSW Recommendation Forms and a recommendation letter.
    • Of the three recommendations, two must be from undergraduate faculty members from the BSW program.
    • The third recommendation should be completed by a professional familiar with your academic and/or professional background.

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • Admission to the Advanced Standing track of the MSW Program is highly competitive. Advanced Standing applications will be thoroughly reviewed. The Social Work faculty will examine the applicant’s BSW transcript, the accreditation status of the undergraduate institution, and if necessary, BSW course syllabi, in order to determine whether the foundation course is transferable to the VSU MSW Program.
  • Applicants must have fulfilled the following prerequisite undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or better, prior to entering the M.S.W. program:
    • Humanities – 6 semester hours
    • Mathematics – 3 semester hours
    • Social Sciences – 6 semester hours
    • Additionally, courses with content in Human Development, Behavioral Science, or Human Biology are highly recommended.
  • Advanced Standing applicants will indicate their preferred track and schedule on the MSW Supplemental Application Form.  Advanced Standing applicants may select the web-hybrid or on-campus tracks on either a full-time or part-time basis.

      International Applicants 

      International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines. To be eligible for the Advanced Standing program, applicants must have completed a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years.

      • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

      Admission Classifications

            • Regular Status Only
            • The MSW program does not offer probationary admission status.
            • Requests for Irregular or Non-Degree Admission will not be considered.

            Admission Questions 

            For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

            • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5

             

             

             

             

             

             

            • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

             

             

             

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