Master of Social Work

Admission to the MSW Program

All applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as admission is limited and selective.  Applicants are encouraged to enroll starting in the Autumn quarter in order to stay on track with their cohorts. As all MSW Program students complete their internships in Spring Quarter, courses taken prior to the Fall Quarter or during the summer terms will not result in in early graduation. 

For admission in the Autumn Quarter, the deadline for 2 year applicants is April 1, while the deadline for 4 year applicants is July 1. Applicants with BSW degrees applying for the advanced standing option must complete their application by February 15, and admitted students under this option begin courses in the summer term, then complete the advanced year of the 2 year program beginning in the Autumn Quarter. For more information about the advanced standing option, click here.

The program’s admission criteria center on assessing readiness for graduate education and readiness for the profession of social work.  The MSW Program’s admissions eligibility requirements include the following:

  • graduation from an accredited baccalaureate institution
  • overall minimum of 2.7 gpa (on a 4.0 scale)
  • potential for professional success as demonstrated by references and/or relevant paid or non-paid professional experience
  • demonstrated commitment to the aims and goals of the profession of social work (as demonstrated by references, select academic study, experience, and/or special insight which can be demonstrated in the narrative portions of the admissions application).

International Applicants 

International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission.  Please visit for exact information.

MSW Program Application Process

Applicants to the MSW Program begin by completing the DePaul online application (accessed through the "Apply Online" icon at left). Applicants are then contacted by the Graduate Admissions Office with a checklist of supplementary materials required to complete the application. (current materials are outlined in the cover letter below).

All paper materials should be mailed to: DePaul University, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Office of Graduate Admission, 2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Application materials can also be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at (this includes colleges and universities that issue official electronic transcripts). Please make sure your name is on all documents.

 As the MSW Program application transitions to a more fully online process, applicants may find that paper forms below, such as the supplementary application (which contains the four essay questions) and the reference forms are not needed. Applicants submitting the essay answers without the accompanying supplementary application are asked to indicate the program to which they are applying (2 year or 4 year) at the top of the first page of their essay. Applicants who submit letters of reference instead of using the reference forms below are encouraged to share the content of the form with their reference writers as a guide.

 The following printed materials are available for download :