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Application Process

The following components are required for an MSW application to be considered complete:

1.   Graduate Admission Application
The USC Graduate Admission Office has developed an online application system that allows you to login anytime to continue your application and track your application status. For the MSW program, you must upload the Statement of Purpose and a resumé to the online application (see below for more instructions). The online application requires a non-refundable application feeof $90. Read more about the application process, requirements and FAQs on the USC Graduate Admission Office website.
2.   Resumé
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work requires a resume that specifically highlights your social work-related experience. Please refer to the MSW Resume Instructions for content requirements. You must upload your resume in the designated section of the Supplemental Form on the online USC Graduate Admission Application.
3.   Statement of Purpose
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work requires a Statement of Purpose that specifically addresses your motivation in seeking an MSW. Your statement should demonstrate an ability to synthesize your professional/personal experiences and desire to enter the field of social work. This statement will be used to assess your creativity, critical thinking, self-awareness and writing skills. Please refer to the MSW Statement of Purpose Instructions for a list of guiding questions. You must upload the Statement of Purpose in the designated section of the Supplemental Form on the online USC Graduate Admission Application. Your Statement of Purpose must be five pages in length and double spaced, with 1-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Statements not following these instructions will be rejected.
4.   Recommendations
You are required to submit a minimum of two recommendations; a third recommendation is optional. Preferred recommendations are those that come from academic instructors or professionals who have supervised you in a social work-related position (paid, volunteer or internship). Personal recommendations are not acceptable. There is no specific format or set of questions for recommenders.

Recommendations must be submitted online through the online Graduate Admission Application. Each recommender must have a valid email address and internet access in order to use the online recommendation system.
5.   Official transcript(s)
The USC Graduate Admission Office requires an official academic record from each post-secondary school you have attended. We recommend that you use the cover page below to ensure your transcript is correctly identified. Please mail these documents to the USC Graduate Admissions Office (address is below). It takes 10-15 business days for transcripts to process, so please plan accordingly to meet our application deadlines. Please mail all transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions, not the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work admissions office. This will ensure faster processing time.

University of Southern California
Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

E-transcripts
E-transcripts from authorized providers should only be submitted to admissions processing  (rtimmins@usc.edu) for retrieval and uploading. Sending transcripts to any other email address will be not be accepted. Please see list below for authorized providers.

Domestic E-transcripts Delivery
We accept electronic transcripts provided they are submitted via the following carriers:

1. eSCRIP-SAFE
2. eTranscript
3. Texas Server
4. Docufide
5. University to university

If e-transcripts are delivered through another method and not through the above carriers, they will be considered unofficial.

College/University Transcript Cover Page
The Concurrent Enrollment Form is for any students without a conferred bachelor’s degree on their transcript. Please click here for the link to the form.

*   TOEFL/IELTS (international applicants only)
For students whose native language is not English, the TOEFL or the IELTS exam is required. You will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to complete an application and be reviewed for admission to the MSW program. Scores must be submitted no later than April 1.

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will only accept the internet-based TOEFL test and requires all applicants to submit a minimum score of 100, with no less than 20 in each category. Applicants who choose to take the IELTS must achieve a minimum total score of 6.5, with no less than 6 points on each band score. TOEFL/IELTS tests must be taken within the last 2 years and scores must be submitted electronically directly from testing service. Failure to meet the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s English proficiency requirements will result in your application not being reviewed for admissions. Further information on USC requirements for English Proficiency

Please note that the USC Office of Graduate and International Admissions will only issue I-20 or DS-2019 certificates after you have been admitted and certified your enrollment in the MSW program.

The campus-based MSW program has one application deadline for each academic year.It is highly recommended to apply early to be considered for our premier scholarships. Please refer to the Deadlines page. The application deadlines and start dates for the Online MSW through the Virtual Academic Center are different. Please refer to the Virtual Academic Center admissions section for the schedule.

*   Background check (Required for field placement if admitted)

The GRE is not required to apply to the MSW program.
You do not need to mail any documents directly to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Apply Now On Campus MSW
 

The campus-based MSW program has one application deadline for each academic year.It is highly recommended to apply early to be considered for our premier scholarships. Please refer to the Deadlines page. The application deadlines and start dates for the Online MSW through the Virtual Academic Center are different. Please refer to the Virtual Academic Center admissions section for the schedule.

If you have any questions about applying to the MSW program, please contact us at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Office of Admission.

* Application Fee Waivers

City Year Alumni:
Please provide a verification letter from City Year to waive your application fee. Please see the City Year website to request the letter. To request a City Year fee waiver, please contact Gregory Richmond at gcrichmo@usc.edu.

 

Other Applicants

Applicants who fit any of the following descriptions should review the additional application requirements for:

Advanced standing applicants
Concurrent Enrollment
Dual degree applicants
International applicants
Transfer applicants