Transfer Applicant Admissions

If you have completed all or part of the first half of graduate study at a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited school of social work, you may apply as a transfer student to the traditional MSW@USC program. Learn more about the curriculum for traditional program here.

The admissions standards for the traditional 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.

Application Deadlines

We offer start dates throughout the year. Please refer to application deadlines below.

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Admissions Deadlines
Deadline Date
Classes Begin August 24, 2020

Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Admissions Deadlines
Deadline Date
Final Deadline October 2, 2020
Classes Begin January 11, 2021

Application Requirements

The following transfer materials must be submitted in addition to those required for the standard application process:

  • Transfer Credit Request Form (docx)
  • A letter of good standing from the dean or associate dean of the transfer institution
  • Syllabus for each course for which you are requesting transfer credit; if you are requesting credit for field experience, you must submit a full description of your field experience and copies of field evaluations
  • Copy of MSW program information in the transfer institution’s catalog for the period during which coursework was completed
  • Completed assignments for each course for which you are requesting transfer credit

Please submit all materials together via email to the following address:
Tiffany Williams

USC Credit Transfer Policies

Review transfer credit policies in the online USC Handbook.

  • Graduate transfer credit will only be allowed for courses (1) from an accredited graduate school, (2) of a quality of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, (3) constituting a fair and reasonable equivalent to current USC course work at the graduate level and (4) logically fitting into the program for the degree.
  • Graduate transfer credit will not be granted for life experience.
  • Transfer work must have been completed within seven years of admission to a USC master’s degree program to be applied toward that degree.
  • Graduate transfer credit will not be allowed for non-matriculated students. Applicant must have been enrolled and matriculating through the MSW program at their original institution.

Master of Social Work Program Transfer Credit Policies

Review the school’s policies on our website.

  • The maximum number of transferable credits is 12 semester units.
  • Of the 12 units, courses eligible for transfer credit review are those determined to be equivalent to USC’s first-year courses or to meet the expectation of the second-year electives and in which a grade of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale was earned. Please note that transfer credit is not guaranteed, even if a course meets the eligibility requirements.
  • Coursework is evaluated on a course-by-course basis by designated faculty members, with the approval of the vice dean.
  • Fieldwork is evaluated by the assistant dean of field education on factors such as evidence of a field education learning agreement, an adequate comprehensive skills evaluation in relation to CSWE competencies and documented evidence of the completion of a concurrent Social Work Practice class and Integrative Seminar. If granted, credit is determined by the number of documented hours completed during supervised fieldwork.
  • Transfer applicants will be considered for all cohorts. However, please keep in mind that the transfer applicant’s actual program start date is contingent upon the number of units and the nature of the transfer courses accepted by the university and may not align with original cohort for which the student applied.

If you have questions about transfer credits, request information to learn more.