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Graduate (MSW) Admissions Criteria & Advising Policy

The MSW program has admissions criteria and procedures that reflect its goals and objectives; the criteria also incorporate the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) requirements for admission to a master’s program. The School of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to a master’s program are as follows:

  • A bachelor's degree that will be completed before matriculation in the degree program,

  • A 3.0 or higher grade point average for most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter credits,

  • A score or scores at or above the 40th percentile on the appropriate admissions test, (the MSW uses the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Exam)


The MSW program also requires:

  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement

  • At least one introductory social or behavioral science course AND a research methods OR statistics course (a minimum of 21 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences is expected; students deficient in this area will need to be highly qualified in other areas to be considered for admission. A 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission to the MSW program.


Advanced Standing Admission Criteria:

In addition to the above, students who wish to qualify for Advanced Standing status must meet the additional criteria:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the previous 5 years

  • Earned a B or higher in each undergraduate Social Work (SW) course attempted

  • Have a cumulative SW GPA of 3.3 or higher for all Social Work (SW) courses attempted


MSW Program Cost & Credit Hours


Tuition and Fees

Summer 2017 - Spring 2018

$424.00 per student credit hour
Tuition cost is subject to annual increases.

 Program Credit Hours:

  MSW Full-Time (1-year) Advanced Standing Program: 36 credit hours  
MSW Full-Time (2-year)  Program: 60 credit hours

MSW Part-Time (1.5-year) Advance Standing Program: 36 credit hours
MSW Part-Time (3-year)  Program: 60 credit hours

For further questions, please contact:

Dr. Jessica Lucero, MSW, Ph.D
Assistant Professor & MSW Full-Time Program Coordinator
435-797-9122
jessica.lucero@usu.edu

Dr. Susan Egbert, MSW, Ph.D, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor & MSW Part-Time Program Coordinator
801-518-1115
susan.egbert@usu.edu

Karen Flessner, MSW, CSW
Program Coordinator & Instructor
435-797-1286
karen.flessner@usu.edu


MSW Cohort Intakes, Schedules & Locations

MSW Full-Time (1-year) Advanced Standing Program (BSW Required)

Location: Logan campus only

Cohort Intake
Application Window
Starting Semester
Graduation
Summer 2017
September 2016- January 18, 2017 May 2017
May 2018
Summer 2019
September 2018- January 16, 2019
May 2019
May 2020
Summer 2021
September 2020- January 13, 2021
May 2021
May 2022
Summer 2023
September 2022- January 18, 2023 May 2023
May 2024

MSW Full-Time (2-year) Program

Location: Logan campus only

Cohort Intake
Application Window
Starting Semester
Graduation
Fall 2018
September 2017 - January 17, 2018
August 2018
May 2020
Fall 2020
September 2019 - January 15, 2020
August 2020
May 2022
Fall 2022
September 2021 - January 19, 2022
August 2022
May 2024
Fall 2024
September 2023 - January 17, 2024
August 2024
May 2026

MSW Part-Time (1.5-year) Advance Standing Program (BSW Required)

Locations: Brigham City, Kaysville, Tooele, Uintah Basin, Moab, Blanding & Price

Cohort Intake
Application Window
Starting Semester
Graduation
Spring 2019
May 2018- September 30, 2018 January 2019
August 2020
Spring 2022
May 2021- September 30, 2021 January 2022
August 2023
Spring 2025
May 2024- September 30, 2024 January 2025
August 2026
Spring 2028
May 2027- September 30, 2027 January 2028
August 2029

MSW Part-Time (3-year) Program

Locations: Brigham City, Kaysville, Tooele, Uintah Basin, Moab, Blanding & Price

Cohort Intake
Application Window
Starting Semester
Graduation
Fall 2017
September 2016 - January 18, 2017
August 2017
August 2020
Fall 2020
September 2019 - January 15, 2020
August 2020
August 2023
Fall 2023
September 2022 - January 18, 2023
August 2023
August 2026
Fall 2026
September 2025 - January 14, 2026
August 2026
August 2029

Advising Policy

All MSW students are assigned a faculty advisor whose responsibility it is to mentor and guide them during the duration of their MSW program. Our advising policies and procedures are consistent with our goals and objectives. In particular, advisors play a major role in helping students accomplish MSW program goals. All advisors are expected to take their roles seriously. At a minimum, advisors are expected to make themselves available to meet in person or electronically with advisees once per semester. The advisor is expected to advise students on matters pertaining to course selection, registration, credit transfer, paperwork, and professional development- including practicum selection and career planning. More specifically, faculty advisors shoulder the following responsibilities:

  • The Faculty Advisor will assist students in planning their overall course of study, which includes clarification of career goals, educational objectives and the selection of an educational plan designed to meet them. Students will complete an educational plan in consultation with their advisor.

  • The Faculty Advisor must approve the student's educational plan and affirm his/her responsibility for its content and proper course sequencing.

  • The Faculty Advisor must approve the student's Field Placement forms to ensure that the determination of field placement assignments is consistent with the student's educational goals and learning objectives.

  • The Faculty Advisor must sign the request for transfer of credit form before it can be considered by the supervisory committee.

  • The Faculty Advisor will assist the student with the registration and graduation processes.


For further questions, please contact:

Dr. Jessica Lucero, MSW, Ph.D
  Assistant Professor & MSW Full-Time Program Coordinator,
435-797-9122
jessica.lucero@usu.edu

Dr. Susan Egbert, MSW, Ph.D, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor & MSW Part-Time Program Coordinator
801-518-1115
susan.egbert@usu.edu

Karen Flessner, MSW, CSW
Program Coordinator & Instructor
435-797-2238
karen.flessner@usu.edu