Social Work

Master of Social Work Application Information

Application deadline


Applications are now closed for summer/fall 2022. 

The priority application deadline to start the MSW program in summer/fall 2022 was Friday, January 7, 2022. Thereafter, applications were accepted on a rolling basis until  March 31, 2022 (Deadline Extended).

 The University of Toledo's College of Graduate Studies will be launching a new online application process for the summer/fall 2023 MSW cohorts. Applications will open in fall 2022. Please check back for the application opening date and information about the new application system. 

Meanwhile, explore the MSW Program web site. If you have questions about admissions, please contact Megan Petra at (419) 530-5338 or

Note: submission instructions for the MSW Program Application and the Recommendation forms have changed (see steps 1 & 2, below). Some applicants may have already submitted their College of Graduate Studies online applications and sent their MSW Program Application and recommendations to the MSWgradApp email. Megan Petra will forward all MSW Program Applications and recommendations received to the MSWgradApp email address to the graduate school so that they will be included with your online applications.

Application Instructions

A complete application includes completing steps 1-5 (required for all). You may complete steps 6-9 as applicable. Please click on the blue hyperlinks to access forms and instructions.

1. Complete the MSW Program Application. Download the MSW Program Application and save it to your computer. 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 two parts to the MSW Program Application.

Part 1: All applicants should complete Part 1. You will type your personal statement into the space provided on pages 6 and 7 (e.g., it will be approximately 2 pages, single-spaced). Your personal statement should address these 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 bullet point.
  • Accomplishments you believe are relevant, including ways in which you have demonstrated leadership in areas such as employment, volunteerism, Peace Corps/AmeriCorps/VISTA, and/or military service.

Part 2: Field practicum application. Complete the field application only if you will be a full-time student.

After you have completed the MSW Program Application, you will save it and upload it to the College of Graduate Studies online application (step 4, below).

2. Recommendations. Three recommendations are required. We suggest one academic and two professional recommendations. Please use the social work program recommendation form. Fill out the first part and save the form before emailing to each of your recommenders. They will complete the form, type their recommendation letter in the space on the last page, and email the recommendation form to

NOTE: it is best if you start the College of Graduate Studies online application (step 4, below) before sending the recommendation forms to your recommenders. This will help the College of Graduate Studies link the recommendation forms (that your recommenders submit via email) with your application.

3. Resume/CV. You will upload your resume to the College of Graduate Studies online application web site (step 4, below).

4. College of Graduate Studies online application form.

Click here to begin the application. Step-by-step instructions can be found here: Social work instructions for UToledo Graduate School online application.

  • Applicants to the Advanced Standing Program (who have a BSW) should apply for summer term. Applicants to the Regular Program (whose undergraduate degree is in another field) should apply for fall term. We do not accept applications to start in spring term.

There are 12 sections to the online application. You do not have to complete the online application all at once.

  • These sections are required: Name, Permanent Address, Local Address, Emergency Contact, Personal Information, Program of Study, Previous College(s) Attended, and Additional Information.
  • Do not complete the Letters of Recommendation or Statement of Purpose sections; instead, you will email the recommendation forms from step 2 (above) to your recommenders, and you will type your personal statement into the MSW Program Application.
  • Upload your resume to the Resume/MCAT/Other Documents section
  • Upload your MSW Program Application to the Resume/MCAT/Other Documents section
  • The Graduate Assistant Form section is optional. This is only to apply for graduate assistantships outside of the social work program. To apply for a social work program graduate assistantship, see step 8, below.
  • When you are finished, submit the application (and pay the application fee) by clicking the “Application is Complete” button.

5. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except the University of Toledo). Have your college/university submit the transcript directly to the University of Toledo. See College of Graduate Studies Admission Guidelines web page for additional information.

6. Applicants whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.7 should submit GRE scores. The social work program requires GRE scores to be at the 29th percentile or higher. You must have taken the GRE within the last five years.

7. International applicants should see College of Graduate Studies Admission Guidelines web page for English language, financial, and other requirements pertaining to international applicants. Applicants to the Advanced Standing Program whose Bachelors of Social Work degree was not earned in the United States must have their credentials evaluated by the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service.

8. Graduate Assistantships. The social work program usually offers several “half” graduate assistantships. These provide tuition remission for 6 credits/semester during fall and spring semesters, as well as a stipend of $2,250/semester which is earned throughout fall and spring terms. In exchange, GAs work for the social work program 10 hours/week in fall and spring semesters. GA-ships are available only for full-time students, and they are competitively awarded. If you are interested, complete the Social Work Program Graduate Assistantship Application and submit it by emailing to (This is still the correct way to submit the social work graduate assistant application.)

9. Other financial aid. If you would like to apply for student loans or other 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: 7/31/22