Criteria

  • The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 18 units of liberal arts coursework. This coursework may include courses from the humanities (ex. anthropology, communication studies, cultural studies, history, etc.), social sciences (sociology, psychology, political science, economics, etc.), behavioral sciences (psychology, genetics, etc.), biological sciences (biology, zoology, ecology, etc.), or natural sciences (astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, etc.). Please note, you do not need a degree in one of these areas, but must have a collective 18 units among all areas in order to apply. The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work encourages applicants from all academic backgrounds as long as the liberal arts requirements are met.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale)
  • Strong academic promise to perform successfully at the graduate level
  • Experience in providing service to people preferred (1-2 years of social work-related or volunteer experience)
  • Potential for professional competence, strong interest and motivation, and commitment to social work values such as the appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity; belief in the dignity and freedom of every individual; promotion of social justice and equal access to resources; and institutional responsiveness to human needs and social change
  • Personal qualifications such as professionalism, sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, capacity for self-awareness, concern for the needs of others, ability for abstract reasoning, conceptual thinking and strong communication skills
  • The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work does not require the GRE exam.

Advanced standing applicants please note additional eligibility requirements.