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MSW Program Admission Requirements

Please review the qualifications for each degree track — Advanced-Standing MSW or Traditional MSW — before submitting your application. The program that is best suited for you will be based on your undergraduate degree.

Visit our MSW page for full accreditation information and course listings.

Traditional MSW
Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited liberal arts institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Completion of the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    Introduction to Psychology
    Statistics or Research Methods
    English Composition

Advanced-Standing MSW Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW) from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Applicants who completed the BSW more than 10 years ago must submit a one-to-two page letter explaining how they have remained current on professional knowledge (e.g. professional social work practice and/or completion of continuing education)
  • Grade of “B-” or higher in all BSW practice and field education/seminar courses

FAQs

The MSW Field Placement (or internship) follows very specific guidelines designated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Traditional MSW students are required to complete a 900-hour field placement while enrolled in the program. The first 400 hours will be completed during the first summer of enrollment (25 hours/week), and the following 500 hours will be completed concurrently with courses during the final fall and spring semesters of enrollment (16–18 hours/week).

Advanced-Standing MSW students are required to complete a 500-hour field placement while enrolled in the program. The hours will be completed concurrently with courses during the fall and spring semesters of enrollment (16–18 hours/week).

The field placement must be completed under the direct supervision of an MSW practitioner with at least two years of experience. Students are assigned a field placement site by the MSW field education coordinator after completing a field placement application and having an interview with the field education coordinator to discuss the student’s future social work plans and internship preferences.

Field placement hours are almost always attained during normal business days and hours (Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). Qualified evening and weekend placements are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, all students must complete at least 50 percent of their field hours during their assigned agency’s normal business hours.

All MSW students will attend classes on the Lakeland campus two evenings per week. Classes are generally held on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 4:00–9:00 p.m. or 5:00–9:00 p.m. (depending on the course and year of the student).

Admission Documents

  • One academic reference (may be replaced by a professional work reference if the undergraduate degree was completed more than five years ago)
  • One professional/volunteer/work-related reference
  • One Christian character/personal reference (from a non-family member)

A personal statement addressing each of the following points (three-to-four pages):

  • Professional goals
    Discuss your specific professional goals. How will attending the MSW program at Southeastern University help you accomplish those professional goals?
    Discuss how you plan to meet all MSW program expectations, including your ability to balance the required academic coursework and field-placement hours with your existing commitments.
  • Strengths and limitations
    Discuss your personal and professional strengths and limitations (i.e. areas in which you need to grow or change).
  • Diversity and values
    Discuss a time you interacted with someone who was very different from you and/or who shared viewpoints that were very different from your own. How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome?
  • Understanding of the core values of social work
    How have you incorporated those values into your interactions with others personally and/or professionally?
  • Work experience
    Discuss any experiences (paid or voluntary) you have had working with people in a helping capacity. Discuss the length of time, setting, population served and professional insight gained from the experience.

Notarized Florida Department of Children and Families “Affidavit of Good Moral Character” form
Note: While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect the availability of internship placements and future employability. Individuals with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida.

Please ensure that transcripts from all academic institutions attended are included.