The application for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program will be moving to the Centralized Application Service beginning September 1. Applications will not be accepted until that time.

Regular Standing
The MSW program is offered in two different formats– as a part-time and a full-time program. The MSW program is increasing enrollment by offering the full two-year MSW program each year. Classes will begin in late August.

Advanced Standing Program
Advanced Standing is available for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The advanced standing curriculum requires 36 credits. The admission cycle for advanced standing differs from the two-year program. Classes for the next cohort of advanced standing students will begin in May each year.


  1. Applicants must meet all the requirements of the USD Graduate School for admission.
  2. A completed Bachelor degree or graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
    - Individuals holding a Bachelor degree in Social Work received within the last 7 years, from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, may request consideration for Advanced Standing track.
  3. A cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, for the last 2 years of undergraduate study, or demonstration that the applicant is able to maintain a 3.0 in graduate study. This can be demonstrated if a student has successfully completed 2 or more graduate courses.
    - Advanced Standing track applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their social work courses.
  4. Applicants must have completed the following course prerequisites with a C or better:
      • A biology course (preferably with human biology content)
      • A statistics course
      • Three additional courses in the social/behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses would be from the following disciplines: Anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, history or human relations.

Deficits in any of these areas will not prohibit admission; however, the course(s) need to be completed with documentation of completion provided prior to enrollment into the USD M.S.W. Program.

Credit for Life or Work Experience

Upholding the policies established by CSWE, the M.S.W. program does not grant academic credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Applicants with degrees from countries other than the United States and who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited American college or university are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score. For all other applicants, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or a minimum PTE score of 53 is required for graduate admission. Applicants from or who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from these English-speaking countries (UK, Australia, Canada [except Quebec], Ireland, or New Zealand) are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score if their academic records indicate that English was the classroom language for the majority of their schoolwork.