Master of Social Work


The MSW program at Bowling Green State University prepares social workers for advanced practice and professional leadership. Using an empowerment approach, students incorporate resiliency, strengths, and scientific evidence as the building blocks of change.  We are committed to engage in ethical practice that recognizes intersectionality and advances human rights and social, economic, racial, and environmental justice.


These meetings are opportunities to learn more about graduate school in general, and the BGSU MSW Program specifically. Topics covered will be admission process and deadlines, curriculum and degree plans, deadlines, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and other questions from those attending.

o   Monday, October 16, 2023: 6:00-7:30 – Room 108 Health & Human Services

o   Saturday, December 2, 2023: 10am-12pm – Room 108 Health & Human Services


The MSW Program is not supported for students with F-1 visa status.

The GRE is NOT required.

All application materials are submitted to the Graduate College and must meet the MSW admission requirements.

Deadlines for Accepting Applications:

Advanced Standing ~ Priority: December 1st/Final: February 1st

Regular Standing ~ Priority: January 5th/Final April 1st

Enrollment capacity is limited, therefore early applications have greater opportunity for acceptance.

Entrance into the MSW Program is a competitive process, therefore meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.



“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


“I liked BGSU’s undergraduate program in social work so much that I waited to pursue my master’s degree in social work until BGSU established its program. It was worth the wait! It was a smaller program, so you get the one-on-one attention. The professors know your history. It’s neat to be able to grow with the professors and the department. The program is super flexible, especially for the working person. I was working 40 hours a week and it was nice to do one class online and one in person. I was still able to complete the program in two years."

Lindsay Gregorin, ‘19
Medical Social Worker, St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio

Updated: 11/20/2023 12:30PM