Master of Social Work
“My experience at BGSU was most valuable in shaping my career in social work. There is something special about being part of a program that truly cares about its students and the profession. I credit the faculty and curriculum with providing me the tools to successfully complete a graduate program and to adapt my skills across all areas of social work.”
Julie Pratt, MSW, LISW-S
Clinical Director, Harbor Behavioral Health
Why a Master of Social Work degree?
The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree gives students the skills and knowledge they need for advanced social work practice, especially in the field of aging/gerontology. If you are passionate about social justice, policy, and developing or improving services, the MSW degree may be for you! This degree sets you on a path to becoming a leader capable of contributing to solutions for the numerous challenges facing our society
The social work department will provide a blend of online, face-to-face, and evening courses tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and newly graduated students. A low student-to-teacher ratio provides opportunities for quality connections between students and faculty, and small cohorts mean students receive personalized attention.
A bachelor’s degree in social work is NOT required for admission. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. Students are not required to take the GRE. The DEADLINE to apply for fall 2018 admission is April 2, 2018. For students seeking Advanced Standing, applications are due February 1, 2018.
All applicants must also submit a 2-3 page written essay which addresses a) the candidate’s educational experiences, specialized training, or other matters that make the candidate suitable for admission and b) the expectations and future goals of the applicant. Two letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications and ability to successfully complete graduate study are required.