Admissions Overview

The MSW@USC seeks aspiring social work leaders capable of thriving in a top-ranked graduate program.1 We offer multiple start dates per year, and our admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive an admissions decision and start planning for your future.

The online Master of Social Work (MSW) program has two types of admissions designed to fit your educational background.

Traditional Program Admissions

If you earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work, you may be eligible for our traditional MSW program.

  • As few as 24 months to complete
  • 60 graduate-level credits
  • Offered full and part time
  • No GRE required

Learn more about the traditional MSW program.

Advanced Standing Admissions

If you earned a Bachelor of Social Work, you may be eligible to start classes at the second-year level with our advanced standing program.

  • As few as 12 months to complete
  • 37 graduate-level credits
  • Offered full and part time
  • No GRE required

Learn more about the advanced standing MSW program.

The online MSW program has the same admissions requirements as USC’s on-campus MSW program. A dedicated admissions counselor will guide you through each step of applying to the MSW@USC. Visit our application requirements page for the full list.