Master of Social Work

Interim Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Diane Holliman Fall Semester: February 14 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy

Spring Semester: None at this time

(Web-hybrid cohort admits
select Spring semesters)

Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-249-4864

Summer Semester: None

Department of Social Work

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

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

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

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

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution with a liberal arts base.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses with a  “C” or better (see Important Program Information for a list of courses).
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate major.
  • A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.50 on all attempted coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • If an 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 graduate coursework attempted.

No GRE or MAT required

  • As of the 2020 admissions cycle, the MSW program no longer requires an entrance exam. 

MSW Supplemental Application

(Required Form)

  • The MSW Supplemental Application is a comprehensive document including written goal statement instructions.
  • Download the Supplemental Application Form at the links indicated on the left-hand column.
  • This document cannot be submitted online but may be faxed, emailed as a scanned copy, or mailed.
  • The form is required.

Three Recommendations

(MSW Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.
  • Recommenders will be sent an automated email with a link to a recommendation form from the application portal using the information the applicant provides.

VSU 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 ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • The MSW Web-Hybrid program admits for select Spring semesters. Please contact the Graduate School for information on the next available Spring semester.
  • Prospective applicants who have earned a B.S.W. degree from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the last five years, may be eligible for the Advanced Standing M.S.W. program.  For information on admission requirements and semesters of admission for the Advanced Standing program, visit the Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing program information page.
  • 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.
  • Applicants to the program will identify their preference of program tracks on the MSW Supplemental Application.  Please note: seats in tracks may be limited and first preferences cannot be guaranteed.
  • BSW graduates seeking an Advanced Standing program should visit the MSW Advanced Standing Admissions Information Page for program admission requirements.

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.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • 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
  • 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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