Admission Requirements

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)

The Admissions Committee will review the applicant's transcript to determine if the liberal arts requirement is satisfied. The following list of liberal arts distribution areas will be used to determine where a course belongs:

  • 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.

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 letters of recommendation and a written personal statement.


Admission Deadlines

Master of Social Work

Full-Time (Fall Start) - May 15
Part-Time (Fall Start) - August 1
Advanced Standing (Summer Start) - May 15
Advanced Standing (Spring Start) - December 1

How to Submit Your Application

To apply to the Master of Social Work program at St. Ambrose University, follow this process:

  1. Fill out the online application for SAU Graduate Studies.
  2. Fill out the MSW program application (.docx) and mail in. 
  3. Submit three letters of reference (pdf). 
  4. Submit official transcripts from all Universities attended (Send Attn: MSW program)
  5. Complete the application checklist (pdf) and include in your application packet.
  6. Submit a Personal Statement

If you'd like a complete paper packet mailed to you, or need more information about the program, contact the School of Social Work via email at or call 563/333-3910.

Submit all application correspondence to:

St. Ambrose University
School of Social Work
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Katherine Van Blair, PhD, Director and Professor

Master of Social Work
North Davenport Education Center
1950 E. 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

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