The Admissions Committee considers several factors to determine a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, personal statement, work experience, any graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service. The undergraduate G.P.A. is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process. The application consists of seven components:
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- Professional Statement
- Letters of Reference
- Academic Transcripts
In addition to the above requirements, international students must provide the following:
8. TOEFL Scores
9. Financial Support Statement
10. Student Visa
Applicants to the MSW Program at Saint Louis University must click on one of the following School of Social Work degree programs and fill out the application form on the Graduate Education Degree and Certificate Programs website:
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (MSABA)
Post Master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Supporting application documents should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall, Room 150
St. Louis, MO 63103
All applicants can track their application progress online and view what supporting documents have been received.
Please attach a resume with the following information:
- Work/Professional History
- Volunteer Experience/History
- Professional/Academic/Volunteer Awards
An application fee of $55.00 must be submitted with the application form. This processing fee is non-refundable. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Saint Louis University.
Guidelines for preparing the Professional Statement:
The professional statement informs the Student Affairs Committee of the applicant's background and professional goals. This is also as an indicator of the applicant's writing ability and helps the Student Affairs Committee acquire a broader understanding of the applicant. The content and the quality of the composition will be used to judge the applicant's preparedness for graduate school. (The statement must not exceed three type written pages.) Following review of admissions materials, an on-site writing sample may be required. These questions are guidelines in preparing the professional statement:
- What knowledge, values, and skills do you have now that is critical to social work practice?
- Describe your strengths and areas of growth.
- What are your future aspirations in professional social work practice?
- Describe a social justice issue that is important to you and what you as a social work professional would do to make a difference.
- What are your experiences interacting with diverse populations? (Diverse populations include groups distinguished by age, race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, and ethnicity.)
At a minimum, three Reference Letters are required from persons who are capable of speaking in depth about his or her relationship with the applicant. Whenever possible, two should be from a current or previous professor who is familiar with the applicant's academic performance.
If the applicant has been out of school for a length of time, other work related experience and or professional references are acceptable.
Friends and family members may not be references.
Applicant will identify who he or she selects as their references in the application form. An email request will be sent to the references. Once the reference has completed the request, the reference form will be uploaded to the applicant's admissions file.
An official transcript of all undergraduate and previous graduate work must be submitted to the Graduate Education office. These transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope with the Registrar's seal on the flap of the envelope. If the applicant is attending school when he/she applies for admission, a transcript showing course work up to the semester prior to application must be submitted. A final transcript indicating the major and degree conferred must be submitted immediately after graduation.
A personal interview is required either in person or by telephone. Please call 314-977-2722 to schedule a time with the Director of Recruitment and Admissions.
A minimum score of 580 is required on the TOEFL. Official test scores must be submitted with the application.
International students must demonstrate full financial support during their time as a student in the MSW Program. A letter from a financial sponsor is required. International students may apply for a scholarship through the School of Social Work Financial Aid.
Student Visa Requirements
International students must meet other requirements for their student visa. For a detailed explanation of these requirements international students are required to work with the International Center of Saint Louis University.