Application Requirements

Application Deadlines Fall
Priority May 15
Standard August 1

Fall Admission Only

  1. Application for admission with a $45 graduate application fee. Apply at
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency.  
    BSW from a CSWE accredited program required for Advanced Standing.
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may be considered for admission. Advanced Standing applicant GPA requirement: 3.0
  4. Official sealed transcripts showing completion of a bachelor's degree. Additional transcripts may be required for prerequisite and GPA verification.
  5. Three recommendations from sources who can address your potential for success. It is preferred that one recommendation be from a professor or instructor. Family and friends may not complete recommendations. Advanced Standing applicants required to have a field instructor recommendation.
  6. Prerequisite: Statistics
  7. Comprehensive essay that includes:
  • Your motivation for pursuing an MSW, your career goals, and your reason for choosing to study at CBU.
  • Your background in the field of social work, if any, and/or your volunteer experiences in the field.
  • The personal qualities make you a good fit for the profession and for graduate study.
  • Your faith journey and the role of faith in your life.
  • The issues of social justice you are most passionate about and why.
  1. Successful interview[s] with MSW program director
  2. An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English language proficiency.