Degrees & Programs

FAQs

UNDERGRADUATE 

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO OSU. DOES THAT MEAN I AM AUTOMATICALLY A SOCIAL WORK MAJOR? 

When students start OSU and indicate that they wish to major in Social Work they start as pre-social work major. In order to change your status to a “Social Work major” you must apply and be accepted to the College of Social Work’s  Undergraduate Program.

I AM CONSIDERING TRANSFERRING TO OSU FROM MY CURRENT COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY TO MAJOR IN SOCIAL WORK. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CLASSES I HAVE TAKEN WILL TRANSFER TO OSU? 

You may contact one of the academic advisors with the Undergraduate program. They will be happy to review your transcript and provide for you a personalized curriculum plan based upon how your completed coursework will mostly likely transfer.  This plan is tentative until your final transcript  is received by OSU.

I HAVE COMPLETED MY BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ANOTHER MAJOR, BUT WOULD LIKE TO ALSO OBTAIN A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? 

The Social Work major coursework can be completed in two years. However, every major has different course requirements. Some students who have already obtained and Bachelor’s degree may not have completed all the pre-requisites and general education coursework needed for the  undergraduate Social Work program. As a result, they have had  to take one to two additional semesters to complete pre-requisites and general education coursework.

CAN I MINOR IN SOCIAL WORK?

At this time the College of Social Work does not offer a Social Work minor.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE HONORS PROGRAM? 

During the pre-major curriculum, you must complete a minimum of three Honors-level General Education courses. During the major curriculum, you must complete three Honors research courses (Social Work 3401E, 3402E & 4996H) and 10 credits of thesis work (Social Work 4999H).

HOW DO I MAINTAIN HONORS STATUS? 

You must maintain a 3.4 GPA, as well as enroll and earn credit in the required Honors courses necessary in the pre-major or major curriculum. Successful completion of your thesis is required in order to graduate with Honors Research Distinction.

 


MSW 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE REGULAR MSW PROGRAM?

To be considered for admission to the MSW Program, applicants must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Your degree does not have to be in social work;
  • Have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 system) for all previous undergraduate academic work. Those with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis and must submit GRE results;
  • Have completed at least 15 quarter or 10 semester credit hours of course work in the social sciences (i.e., psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, economics).

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE ADVANCED STANDING ALTERNATIVE PLAN (ASAP)?

To be eligible for ASAP admission, applicants must:

  • Meet all the admission requirements of the Regular MSW Program;
  • Hold a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program, earned within the last five years;
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on all previous undergraduate academic work attempted. In addition to the 3.0 cumulative GPA, students must have a “B” or better in all required undergraduate social work courses.
  • Demonstrate evidence of social work practice experience. Experience gained in undergraduate field instruction or paid employment should be fully described in the applicant’s personal statement;
  • Document performance in your field practicum from your field instructor (this may be in the form of a letter summarizing your performance in field or a copy of your most recent field evaluation). If you have been out of school and working in the field of social work for a year or more, a recommendation from your current work supervisor will also be acceptable.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE GRE TO APPLY TO THE MSW PROGRAM? 

For most applicants the answer is no. Scores from the GRE must be submitted by applicants who (1) are applying for the Enrichment or University fellowships, (2) hold a degree from a non-accredited institution, or (3) have less than a 3.0 grade-point average on all previous academic work at the undergraduate level (based on a 4.0 system).  Applicants are required to submit scores on the aptitude portion of the general test which includes a verbal, a quantitative and an analytical writing section.  Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections must at least be in the 40th percentile.  GRE scores which are more than five years old will not be accepted.  You can obtain GRE information by visiting http://www.gre.org.

HOW MUCH ARE TUITION AND FEES FOR THE PROGRAM?

Tuition and fees vary slightly from year to year, and are different for in-state and out-of-state students.  Tuition and Fee Tables are posted on the University Registrar’s website. Click Here

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?

March 1 is the deadline to apply.

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP ME PAY FOR MY STUDIES?

Financial aid for the MSW Program is available in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Please see our financial aid page for more information. Click Here

I WORK FULL-TIME AND WOULD LIKE TO TAKE CLASSES PART-TIME IN THE MSW PROGRAM. IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME?

We recommend you consider all of your time commitments before deciding to start the MSW program.  While it is possible to work and study full-time, the program requires that you have sufficient flexibility to take day-time classes and be able to complete your field practicum during standard business hours.  We offer many evening and weekend courses, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete the program taking only evening and weekend classes. We also offer a number of online course options.

WHAT PROGRAM OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE REGIONAL CAMPUSES?

Currently the Lima, Mansfield, and Newark campuses only offer the MSW part-time options.  The Advanced Standing Alternative Plan part-time and full-time options are only available at the Columbus campus.

IF NEEDED CAN I DEFER MY ADMISSION?

Admitted students can defer enrollment for one year, but must notify the MSW Office of the decision by sending an email to msw@osu.edu.

 


PhD 

IS THERE A PART-TIME PHD PROGRAM AVAILABLE THROUGH THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK? 

Both full-time and part-time enrollment are possible.

DO YOU HAVE EVENING CLASSES? 

Most of the social work classes meet during the day/late afternoon.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE PHD? 

The coursework can be completed in two years. The candidacy examination takes one to two semesters and the dissertation one to two years more, on average.

HOW DO STUDENTS PAY FOR THE PROGRAM? 

Most full-time students receive funding for at least four years, in the form of fellowships from the Graduate School, Graduate Research and Graduate Teaching positions, and lecturer positions.