Master of Social Work

MSW Frequently Asked Questions

Is your MSW program accredited?

UVU is in the standard accreditation process which takes three years. When the process is complete in Spring 2020 accreditation will apply retroactively to previous UVU MSW graduates.

Do you require the GRE?

No, our MSW program does not require the GRE.

What are the prerequisites?

We require a Bachelor’s Degree as well as an (a) introduction to social work course, (b) an upper division statistics course, and (c) an upper division research course. At UVU these courses are offered under Behavioral Science as “Introduction to Social Work” (SW 1010), “Statistics for Behavioral Sciences” (BESC 3010), and “Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences” (BESC 3020). Equivalent courses may also be taken outside of UVU.

Can I take BESC 3010 and 3020 together?

Yes if the instructors allow concurrent enrollment.

What if I am missing Prerequisites?

We will accept applications contingent on any missing prerequisites being completed by the end of Spring semester.

What does the application include?

The application includes and is weighted as follows (a) volunteer and professional experience (35%), (b) an essay (25%), (c) GPA (25%), and (d) letters of recommendation (15%).

I served an LDS mission, does that count as relevant volunteer experience?

We applaud all volunteer experience. Volunteer and professional experiences—be they religious or secular—that directly translate into the practice of social work are weighted more heavily than volunteer experiences that do not.

Do you accept bachelor’s degrees from the University of Phoenix?

We accept degrees from all accredited institutions of higher education.

What if my bachelor’s degree is over 7 years old?

There is no time limit as to when you received your bachelor’s degree. However, we strongly encourage applicants who have been away from school for an extended period of time to take some university courses as a refresher for the rigors of academia.

What if I attended college and graduated in another country?

International students are encouraged to apply. Transfer degrees and credits will be determined by UVU in accordance with international admissions policy https://www.uvu.edu/admissions/student_docs/international.html

What does an applicant’s GPA have to be?

Our application specifies a minimum GPA of 3.0; however, we will still consider applications of qualified students who have less than a 3.0. In these cases we will review the GPA for the last 60 credits.

What is the cost of tuition?

Our MSW program is the least expensive program offered by a public university in Utah at $350 per credit or approximately $10,000 per year.

Do you offer Advanced Standing for BSW students?

Students with a BSW degree are eligible to apply for our “Advanced Standing” one-year MSW program which begins in the summer of 2018.

Can I apply if I don’t have a BSW?

Students who don’t have a BSW may apply for admission to our regular two year MSW program.

Is the MSW program full or part time?

At present we only offer a full-time, hybrid (online and in class) program.

How many spots are available in the MSW program?

We anticipate admitting 30 students into our advanced standing program and 30 students into our two-year program.

Does the MSW program have specific emphases?

We offer emphases in addiction, mental health, or diverse populations.

Can I merge two MSW emphases?

Students may merge up to two (2) emphases; however, because some electives or courses are only offered during specified semesters merging emphases may increase a student’s overall time to graduate.

Is there a capstone project for the MSW program?

Yes, this entails a project in lieu of a thesis and students begin to develop their portfolio from the beginning of their MSW program.

Will MSW classes be available online?

Our MSW courses are hybrid i.e. a mix of online and in-person instruction. We anticipate that students will spend approximately seven and half (7.5) hours in class.

Do you offer Social Work 1010 Online?

We offer Social Work 1010 online during Fall and Spring semesters and both Summer blocks.

Can professionals take MSW courses as CEUs?

Please refer to UVU’s Office of Community & Continuing Education website at https://www.uvu.edu/ce/community-education-courses.html

Does UVU have resources for veterans?

UVU honors those who serve and has strong Veterans Success Center. Please refer to the Veterans Success Center website:http://www.uvu.edu/veterans/contactus/

I have a disability; can I still apply to the MSW program?

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. For further information on accessibility please refer to UVU’s Accessibility Services website: https://www.uvu.edu/asd/