Social Work

University of Toledo Masters of Social Work Program

Where Passion Becomes a Profession

Application deadline

The priority deadline for MSW applications is February 1, 2019. All applications received by that date will be reviewed.
After February 1, 2019, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full. The final deadline is March 15, 2019: no applications will be accepted after this date.

Please be sure to read this entire web page, as it provides important details and deadlines regarding the program and the admissions process. If you have any questions, we invite you to explore the website, read the MSW student handbook and the Field Education Manual, and/or contact Sandra Sieben at (419) 530-4185 or sandra.sieben@UToledo.Edu.


Application Instructions

A complete application includes items 1-5 (required for all), with items 6 & 7 required as applicable (see below). Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete. Due date for all materials is February 1, 2019.  Please click on the blue hyperlinks to access forms and instructions. 

The first step is to complete the Graduate Studies Application, see #1 below:

  1. University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies application
    • Visit the College of Graduate Studies web page or CLICK HERE to begin the application.  Step-by-Step instructions can  be found here: UT Graduate school online application
    • Applicants to the Foundation Program (non-BSW undergraduate degree)  apply for the fall term. Applicants to the Advanced Standing Program (applicants with a BSW from an accredited program) apply for the summer term.
    • Upload your resume/CV into Section 9, "Resume/MCAT/Other Documents."
    • Note: Do not request recommendations via the online graduate application.  Do not upload your personal statement or the MSW Program Application to the online application.
    • When all required sections of the College of Graduate Studies online application have been completed (see first bullet point for step-by-step instructions), pay $45 fee and submit online application.
  2. Resume/CV

You will upload your resume/CV to the College of Graduate Studies online application web site (see # 1). 

3.  Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended except the University of Toledo. Have each college/university send your transcript directly to the College of Graduate Studies. They must be sent electronically, they cannot be faxed, mailed or brought in person.

4.  MSW Program Application 

The MSW program application must be filled out using Adobe Reader in order for the GPA calculator to work correctly. (Do not use your web browser.) Adobe Reader is available for free download for both PCs and Macs.There are three parts to the social work program application:

    • Part 1: All applicants. You will write your personal statement here (see application for details).
    • Part 2 Field practicum application - this is part of the MSW program application: Full-time students only.
    • Part 3 Social work program graduate assistantship application): full-time students only. Part 3 is optional.

After you have completed the MSW Program Application, you will save it as a pdf and email it to MSWgradAPP@UTOLEDO.EDU.

5.  Recommendation Form

Please submit your online application (see # 1) before sending this recommendation form to your recommenders. This is important, as recommendations received before the College of Graduate Studies online application is submitted may not be linked with the application.Three recommendations are required (one academic and two professional recommendations preferred). You will complete the top part, save as ApplicantName_UToledo_MSW_recommendation, and email it to each recommender. They will fill out the form, then email it to the social work program at  (Instructions are also on recommendation form).

 6.  GRE Scores

GRE scores for applicants with less than a 2.7 overall GPA for all previous academic work or for non-native English speakers who undergraduate degree was earned outside of the United States.

7.  TOEFL Scores for non-native English speakers

If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship in another UT program or department, you should complete & submit the "Graduate Assistantship Form" found on the College of Graduate Studies application web site (this is Section 10 of the application).


Financial Aid

Note: If you would like to apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at (You do not have to complete the FAFSA if you do not need loans to pay for graduate school, but this information may be required for consideration for Social Work Program need-based assistance or merit-based assistantships/ positions.)


Last Updated: 10/16/18