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Graduate Admission

No matter what your educational background is, you can be considered for the master's program. Admission decisions are based on a competitive process that consists of the following:

  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Personal statement
  • Volunteer and paid work experience
  • References

Minimum Requirements

For the MSW program (63 units)

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for the bachelor's degree
  • A bachelor's degree in social work or a related field

For the Advanced Standing MSW program (42 units)

  • BSW degree within 5 years
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.25 for the BSW degree
  • Preference for 3 years post-BSW practice experience

For all applicants

  • Not have more than two course deficiencies when admitted to the program, which must be cleared up by the end of the first semester of graduate studies
  • The following liberal arts courses completed:
    • Two English composition or literature courses
    • One college-level mathematics course
    • Three courses in social sciences, preferably courses in psychology, sociology, and anthropology
    • One course in fine arts or humanities
    • One course in history or political science
    • One course or content in human biology (can come from psychology or biology)
    • One course or content in diverse cultures, social conditions, or social problems
    • Please note: No credit can be given for life or work experiences

Submit the Following Documents

To the School of Social Work

To the Graduate College

Financial Assistance

Information regarding financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, loans and employment opportunities, are available through the Financial Aid & Scholarships office. Students interested in financial aid need to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The Financial Aid office also offers a tuition management system whereby students can pay fees monthly over a set period of time.

Students should explore other opportunities for financial aid relative to their employment. Some individuals may be able to receive tuition assistance from their employers, such as county and city organizations. Active duty military and National Guard members may qualify for the GI Bill or other tuition assistance.

The UNLV Graduate College offers various scholarships and graduate assistantships. Additionally, the UNLV School of Social Work offers some need- and merit-based scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00. Please contact Dr. Overcamp-Martini, the Graduate Program Coordinator, at mao.martini@unlv.edu if you are interested in being considered for such financial assistance (FAFSA required).

The School also offers a clinical training grant stipend of $10,000 for second-year Master of Social Work (MSW) students interested in completing their field practicum in an integrated health agency while focusing their graduate studies on the mental and behavioral health issues of children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 26. Please follow this link. For more information about this clinical training grant, please contact Natasha Mosby, at 702-895-3312 or natasha.mosby@unlv.edu.