Social Work

MSW Program

Where Passion Becomes a Profession

MSW Application Process: 

Information Sessions will be held for those interested in applying for admission for the 2016-2017 academic year. 
Dates and times are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:30 - 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:30 - 12:00 noon

All information sessions will be held in the Health and Human Services Building in Room 1711.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:    February 15th, 2016 - All Application Materials MUST be received

*Your application will not be reviewed until all materials are in*

Please be sure to read this entire page, as it provides important details and deadlines regarding the program and the admissions process. Includes all application forms and directions:

  • Application to UT’s College of Graduate Studies
  • MSW Program Application
  • Recommendations:  Three MSW Program Applicant Recommendations forms with attached letters
  • Personal Statement (serves as your Statement of Purpose on the College of Graduate Studies website)
  • Information on Official Transcripts
  • MSW Program Field Application (for those applying for full-time status)
  • Graduate Assistant Application (for interested candidates)

If you have any questions, we invite you to explore the website, read the MSW student handbook, or please feel free to contact Angie Campbell, M.Ed., Executive Secretary (419-530-4140) or Dr. Michael Prior, MSW Program Director (419-530-5187).

Please follow all steps below to complete your MSW application. 
* Required forms (1-7)

1. College of Graduate Studies Application* 
Visit the College of Graduate Studies webpage and click on the Apply Now icon. Create an account, follow all of the prompts and be sure to complete all required information. If more space is needed to describe your work experience, please include an additional sheet following the same format as the application form. First, complete the Name, Permanent Address, Local/Mailing Address, Personal Information, and Program of Study. Then complete the forms below and upload all MSW documents under Resume/MCAT/other documents.
2. MSW Program Application* Click here for MSW Program Application

Be sure to complete all sections of the form and sign. If more space is needed to describe your volunteer experience, please include an additional sheet following the same format as the application form.

Save As: firstname.lastname.MSWprogramApplication

3. MSW Applicant Recommendation Form* Click here for MSW Applicant Recommendation Form

Submit three letters of recommendations, each in a sealed envelope signed by the recommender. Students complete the top portion of the MSW Applicant Recommendation Form and then send to their recommender.

Please have the recommender mail the MSW Applicant Recommendation form and letter of recommendation on company letterhead to:

The University of Toledo
College of Graduate Studies
2801 W. Bancroft St. Mail Stop # 933
Toledo, OH 43606
    • One evaluation should be completed by a person who has been directly responsible for assessing your human service-related work or volunteer experience. If you have no human service-related work or volunteer experience, the recommender should be able to assess other work and/or volunteer experience you have had.
    • One evaluation should be completed by a person who can assess your academic performance. If you completed your last academic coursework more than eight (8) years ago, you may substitute a second human service-related work or volunteer performance recommendation.
    • The third recommendation form may be completed by someone who can assess either your academic or work/volunteer performance.
    • Each recommender must complete the recommendation form and attach a letter of recommendation, on company letter head and mail it to The College of Graduate Studies. (see address above)

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4. Resume* - 1 page 

     Save As: firstname.lastname.Resume

5. Personal Statement* (also known as Statement of Purpose on The College of Graduate Studies webpage)
Provide a double-spaced four-five (4-5) page statement (12 pt. font) that addresses the following topics:

    • Factors that influenced your decision to become a social worker and pursue an advanced degree. How will this degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    • A pressing social and economic justice issue, what makes this issue particularly salient, and ways you might address it as a masters-level social worker.
    • Your experience in the area of social and economic justice and any of your goals in this area beyond those addressed in the first part of this question.
    • Accomplishments you believe are relevant, including ways in which you have demonstrated leadership in arenas such as employment, volunteerism, Peace Corps, Americorps/VISTA, and military service.

      Save As: firstname.lastname.MSWpersonalStatement

6. Official Transcripts*

One official academic transcript is required from each college/university you have attended, including those at which you were enrolled for academic credit as a non-degree student. All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the institution attended. Transcripts must be sent directly by your previous school, to the College of Graduate Studies. Be aware that a request for transcripts may take a few weeks. It is your responsibility to make sure that the required transcripts reach the College of Graduate Studies in a timely manner. 

If you are currently enrolled, submitted transcripts must include grades for the current semester.

Please have transcripts mailed to:
The University of Toledo
College of Graduate Studies
2801 W. Bancroft St. Mail Stop #933
Toledo, OH 43606

7. MSW Field Application* (full time students) Click Here for MSW Field Application

Please submit the MSW Field Application under Resume/MCAT/other documents.

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8. Graduate Assistant ApplicationClick here to fill out GA Application

The admitting departments assign graduate assistantships. Applications for consideration as a graduate assistant may be made by completing the assistantship application which should be submitted simultaneously with the other application materials. Assignments are made as soon as we know availability for the upcoming Fall term.

GRE test score is required for all applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.70.
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MSW Transfer Students:

Students who wish to transfer into UT’s MSW program from another MSW program who have completed MSW field hours must submit a copy of their MSW field evaluation.

Have the MSW program from which the student is transferring send the evaluation to:
The University of Toledo
Department of Social Work: MSW Program Director
2801 W. Bancroft St., MS 119
Toledo, OH 43606


International applicants:

$75 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable application fee. Application fees must be filed online at the College of Graduate Studies, along with the Graduate School Application.

    • International applicants must submit GRE test scores. 
    • International, non-English speaking applicants who have not received their undergraduate degrees in the U.S. must submit IBT score of 80, before being admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and social work program.  An official copy of your test scores must be sent to the College of Graduate Studies.  
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Submit the financial aid application for the Social Work Program with the application for admission.
(This will not impact the admissions decision, but is required for SSW merit- or need-based financial aid consideration.)   Complete and submit the FAFSA at the earliest date possible.

REMEMBER: All completed application packet materials must be submitted through the College of Graduate Studies webpage under Resume/MCAT/other documents.

On the Application Checklist page upload all MSW documents 

    • College of Graduate Studies Application*
    • MSW program application*
    • Resume*
    • Personal statement*  
    • MSW field application (full-time students)*
    • Graduate Assistant Application 
    • GRE Test Scores (for applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.70)

Documents that will need to be mailed to: 
      The College of Graduate Studies
      2801 W. Bancroft St. Mail Stop # 933
      Toledo, OH 43606

  • Official Transcripts
  • MSW Applicant Recommendation Form with three letters of recommendation 

We strongly encourage you keep a copy of all forms for your own records. 

Last Updated: 9/30/15