Social Work—msw

The Master of Social Work degree is a professional degree enabling the graduate to enter practice as an advanced-level practitioner. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of interpersonal clinical or administration and development practice emphases.


  • Marriage and Family
  • Administration and Development
  • Mental Health
  • School Social Work
  • Christian Ministry
  • International Social Work

Program length

  • Advance Standing: This 33-credit program can typically be completed in one year.
  • Advance Standing Plus: This 39-credit program can typically be completed in two years.
  • Regular Standing: This 56-credit program can typically be completed in two years.

Application deadlines

Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Fall (August - December): July 15
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May - August): April 1
  • Summer Session 2 (May - August): May 1
  • Summer Session 3 (May - August): June 1

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process


Advance Standing Requirements
Credit requirements are reduced by 23 based on previous BSW  foundation courses taken. In addition to the requirements for the regular two-year program, the following are required for admission into the advanced one-year program.

Bachelors degree in Social Work no more than five years old from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or international equivalent approved by CSWE. If an applicant has a degree older than five years, he/she must have one year of post-bachelor's human-service work experience for every year beyond the five-year limit.

An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00, and on graduate credits previously earned.

Advance Standing Plus Requirements
Students who have done generally very well in their BSW program, but do not meet the 3.0 GPA admission requirement for the one-year advanced standing program, may be eligible for the two-year advanced standing program designed to remediate any areas of academic weakness. Credit requirements are increased by six credits in addition to the one-year advanced program requirements, designated by the advisor in consultation with the student to strengthen identified areas for growth.

An overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.60 required

Regular Standing Requirements
Provide transcripts that demonstrate course work with a strong liberal arts background.

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts from educational institutions in the U.S.
    • Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution in the U.S. must upload unofficial transcripts directly in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official final transcripts will be required after admission decision.
  • Transcripts from educational institutions from outside of the U.S.
    • Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. must provide a WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation. The WES evaluation converts educational credentials from any country in the world into their U.S. equivalents. You can learn more about how to apply for a WES ICAP evaluation by watching the tutorial video created by WES.

      An unofficial copy of the WES ICAP may be uploaded in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official WES ICAP will be required after admission decision.

      Prospective students holding academic degrees from universities accredited by Adventist Accredited Association (AAA) are not required to submit WES ICAP and may upload original language and literal English translation unofficial transcripts in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official final transcripts will be required after admission decision.
  • Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume: Information about your employment, research or special projects
  • Statement of Purpose: a 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree in social work at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Additional requirements for international students

In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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