The admissions standards for the online MSW are the same as those for our on-campus program, and we seek applicants who are motivated to succeed in a challenging master’s degree program.
We offer start dates throughout the year. Please refer to application deadlines below.
Early Action Deadline
August 30, 2022
September 27, 2022
October 11, 2022
January 9, 2023
Early Action Deadline
January 17, 2023
February 14, 2023
March 7, 2023
May 15, 2023
The campus-based MSW program has one application deadline per academic year. If you are applying for admission to the campus-based program, please refer to its individual schedule of application deadlines and start dates.
Eligibility requirements for the traditional MSW@USC program are:
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum of 18 units of interdisciplinary liberal arts coursework, spanning both social and biological sciences
Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for the full-time, 4-semester program. Prospective students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 2.8 will not be considered
Strong academic promise to perform successfully at the graduate level
Experience in providing service to people preferred
Potential for professional competence; strong interest and motivation; and commitment to social work values such as the appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity, belief in the dignity and freedom of every individual, promotion of social justice and equal access to resources, and institutional responsiveness to human needs and social change
Personal attributes such as sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, capacity for self-awareness, concern for the needs of others as well as strong abilities in abstract reasoning, conceptual thinking and interpersonal communication
Please note that applicants currently residing in Puerto Rico are ineligible to apply for this program at this time.
For any student applying to the program with international transcripts, regardless of current residence or citizenship, will need to have all application items completed by the following dates to ensure proper processing of your international transcripts.