In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria of St. Ambrose Graduate Studies, the MSW Program requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with evidence of a liberal arts foundation to include the following minimum credit hours:
- social and behavioral sciences (18 hours)
- humanities ( 9 hours)
- statistics ( 3 hours)
The Admissions Committee will review the applicant's transcript to determine whether or not the liberal arts requirement is satisfied. The following list of liberal arts distribution areas will be used to determine where a course belongs.
- The Social and Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology, Biomedical History, Communications, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Planning, Women's Studies, all Ethnic Studies courses.
- Humanities: Architecture, Art, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Dance, Drama, English, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Speech Communication, all foreign languages and literature.
A related, non-statistics course (e.g. Math, Research Methods) may be acceptable if 80% of the course content focuses on basic statistics. For non-statistics courses, applicants must submit a catalog description and a course syllabus to the Admissions Committee for determination of whether this eligibility criterion has been satisfied.
Additional requirements include:
- Demonstrated potential for graduate studies by maintaining a 3.0 or better undergraduate grade point average
- Preferably previous experience in the field of human services as an employee, student, or volunteer
- Evidence of interest, ability, and potential for professional social work practice on an advanced level as demonstrated by three (3) letters of recommendation and a written personal statement.