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Master of Social Work


Admissions & Application

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At Ambrose, we understand that making the decision to further your education through graduate studies is an investment personally, professionally and financially. The staff of the MSW program is here to guide you through the process, asking the right questions and providing the important answers you’ll need to put you on the path to success.

To be admitted to a graduate program at St. Ambrose, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university by the time you begin the program. Some programs may require you to enroll in courses to help you prepare for graduate studies if you do not have the equivalent background.

The links to the left will provide you with all you need to know to begin a smooth and efficient application process, and know that you can call us at anytime with questions you may have.

Application Deadlines

The MSW program has a rolling admissions process throughout the year. Students should be aware of the following deadlines for submitting completed applications:

  • Full-time study applications must be received by May 15.
  • Part-time study applications must be received by August 1.
  • Advanced-standing study applications must be received by May 15 (for summer semester enrollment) or by December 1 (for spring semester enrollment).
  • Scholarship and graduate assistantship applications are due April 1. Applicants must have completed the application packet and have been accepted into the MSW program as a full-time student (9 credits or more).

After each application is evaluated by the Admissions Committee, a recommendation is made to the Director of the program. The committee does not make its recommendation on one factor alone; each factor is considered in light of the total application.

The Admissions Committee requires 30 days to make a determination and notify the applicant of its decision to accept or reject a petition for alternative fulfillment of eligibility requirements.

Written notification of admission is sent to the applicant. The Admissions Committee reviews every completed application on hand before making admissions decisions.