Master of Social Work


Become a Social Work Professional

We help aspiring social workers become competent professionals.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is designed to educate and prepare students for a career at an advanced level in the social work profession. The MSW will prepare students to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), qualifying them for a wider range of career opportunities (mental health, medical social work, child welfare, etc.) working with various populations (children, adolescents, adults, elderly, disabled, etc.). Learn more about curriculum here.

Learn more about the social work profession and career opportunities here.

The MSW program offers electives in the following areas, which are projected to be significant areas of growth within the social work field over the next decade and beyond: Mental Health, Addictions, and Engaging with Diverse Populations, which focuses on the Latino, Polynesian, and Refugee communities.

Mental Health Electives:
  • Spirituality in social work
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health diagnosis
  • Crisis intervention
  • Couples therapy
  • Family violence across the lifespan
Addictions Electives:
  • Clinical issues in substance-related addictions
  • Clinical issues in non-substance related addictions
  • Psychopharmacology
Engaging with Diverse Populations:
  • Advanced practice with communities of color and other diverse populations
  • Policy practice with communities of color and other diverse populations
  • Engaging and empowering the Latino community
Application Deadlines


Advanced Standing: October 15, 2018
  • Application opens August 15, 2018
  • Program begins May 2019
  • For students with Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree only *no other combination of academic and/or professional experience may be substituted*


Two Year: December 15, 2018
  • Application opens October 15, 2018
  • Program begins August 2019




Program Options

We currently only offer full-time Advanced Standing and Two Year programs. See below for details.

Advanced Standing

For students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited program. No other combination of academic or professional experience may be substituted.

  • Application deadline: October 15th, 2018
  • Program takes one calendar year to complete (Summer Blocks 2019, Fall Semester 2019, Spring Semester 2020) - see UVU academic calendar for dates
  • Students complete bridge coursework during Summer (10.0 credits) and join second-year MSW students for Fall and Spring Semesters

Two Year 

  • Application deadline: December 15th, 2018
  • Program takes two academic years to complete (Fall Semester 2019, Spring Semester 2020, Fall Semester 2020, Spring Semester 2021) - see UVU academic calendar for dates
  • Full-time hybrid program - 60.0 credits
    • Each class is held once per week on Fridays and has a significant online component (curriculum outline here)
    • Students complete a concurrent field practicum (internship) of 15-16 hours per week both years

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • A bachelor's degree related to social work is not required; significant professional and volunteer experience will be considered.
  • Completion of three prerequisite courses with a B- or higher by the end of the Spring semester following the application deadline. Equivalent courses may be taken outside of UVU. No other combination of academic or professional experience may be substituted. For information about completing prerequisites at UVU, click here.
    • SW 1010 - Introduction to Social Work
    • BESC 3010 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    • BESC 3020 - Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 
  • The GRE is not required for admission
  • For a full list of admission requirements, please refer to the Application Process outlined at the bottom of this page.

Tuition Costs and Financial Aid

International Students 



Application Process

To apply for the full-time MSW program:

  1. Create account and provide general information at ("Apply Today" at the top of this page). Application + fee differ for International Students.
  2. Pay $45.00 fee and exit application. Re-enter application to submit remaining materials. 
  3. Submit current resume that includes educational background and professional experience.
  4. Submit two-part essay that includes autobiographical statement (2-3 pages) and critical analysis of a clinical or policy issue (2 pages). More details available here.
  5. Provide name and email address of three professional references. References will be contacted via email to submit an electronic recommendation.
  6. Send all official university transcripts. If requesting an electronic copy from your university, official transcripts must be emailed to UVU transcripts are already on file and do not need to be requested.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Information Session:

Students interested in learning more about the dynamic MSW program at UVU are invited to attend an upcoming information session. 

** The next information session will be scheduled October 2018. Details TBA. **

Contact Us

For additional questions, contact the MSW program by phone at (801) 863-5700, or by email at