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Master of Social Work Program

Department of Social Work

Important Information about Applying to the Social Work MSW program:

In order to apply to the MSW program, you must apply through the School of Graduate Studies using the links provided below. Our program is offered in multiple locations. Please select the appropriate location below to ensure your application is processed efficiently. All materials must be received by the School of Graduate Studies prior to the listed deadline to be considered for admission. There are two sets of admission criteria, one for the School of Graduate Studies and another for the ETSU MSW program. They are as follows:

School of Graduate Studies Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • A completed application form.
  • One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses, except for previous course work at ETSU. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $55 for domestic students or $65 for international students. (Your application cannot be processed until the non-refundable fee is paid). 
  • An undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. International students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Access more information for international students.

ETSU Master of Social Work Admissions Criteria

  • A four-year degree from an accredited college/university (liberal arts background).
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 with 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of bachelors degree.
  • The school of Graduate studies requests a 150-300 word essay detailing "your interests in a graduate program at ETSU." Please specifically address your interest in the ETSU MSW program in the essay.
  • Resumé detailing your academic and professional experience.
  • Three reference/recommendations, at least one from a previous professor/instructor or supervisor of a paid or unpaid social services agency.

To Complete Your Application:

To apply, select link below or visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Master's of Social Work Application


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