Degrees & Programs

MSW Online ASAP

FAQ

What is the Difference Between the Advanced Standing Alternative Plan (ASAP) and Online ASAP?

The Online ASAP Program allows students to complete coursework online whereas the regular ASAP Program would require face-to-face time on campus.

Can I Choose a Different Specialization for the Online ASAP?

At this time, the only specialization offered for the Online ASAP is a specialization in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

 

Can I do the Online ASAP in one Year?

Yes. For the 2017 academic year, we will be offering an Online ASAP option for a full-time and part-time track. Full-time students would complete the program in one year. Part-time students would complete the program in two years.

 

What are the Requirements for Admission to the Online 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).
Do I Have to Take the GRE to Apply to the MSW Program?

Scores from the GRE must be submitted by applicants who are applying for the Enrichment or University fellowships. Please note: if you have less than a 3.0 grade-point average, you will not be eligible for the ASAP Program.

What Types of References do I Need to Apply to the Program?

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the university’s online system. Please list the names and addresses of persons you are asking to complete letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation should be from a distance-learning professor, if applicable. Once you submit your application, expect 3-5 business days before your application posts to the SIS (Student Information System). At that time, your recommenders will be notified of your request for a recommendation. The MSW Office will only accept recommendations submitted through the online system; please do not submit paper or other electronic recommendation forms. You must include valid email addresses for your references. Make sure in advance that your references have indicated they are willing to submit the reference electronically.

How do I Invite my Recommenders to Complete the Online Recommendation Form?

When completing your application online, you will submit three names and contact information for each. Make sure in advance that your references have indicated they are willing to submit the reference electronically. Once you submit your application with the $60 application fee, an email invitation to complete the referral will be sent to your recommenders.

  • It is recommended that your three letters of recommendation are submitted from individuals separate from your field evaluation.
What Does 'Upload a Copy of Your Official Transcripts from Every Institution Attended' Mean?

You must submit official copies of your official records with your online application (OSU transcripts exempted). Transcripts submitted with the application are considered unofficial and, if admitted, you will be required to submit an official set of transcripts prior to enrolling at Ohio State.

Official transcripts can be sent to gpadocs@osu.edu if submitted electronically or the following mailing address:

Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions
The Ohio State University
PO Box 182004
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2004

If your institution provides electronic official transcripts, you may submit those instead but they need to come directly from your institution. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Please note: Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript. For more information, please read the Graduate School Application Instructions.

I am a Graduate of the Ohio State University. Do I Need to Upload Copies of my Transcripts to the Online Application?

Applicants who have attended Ohio State are not required to furnish OSU transcripts but must submit transcripts of any courses completed elsewhere.

What Web Browser do I Need to use to Complete the Online Application?

Internet Explorer and Firefox are the only web browsers in which the online application can be successfully completed.

Can I Save my Application and Come Back to it?

Yes, by clicking SAVE at the bottom of the window, applicants can save their progress on the online application. It is highly recommended that applicants frequently hit SAVE while completing the online application. After being away from the computer or inactive for several minutes, the application session will end and all unsaved data will be lost.

Is the ASAP Program Available in my State?

Because you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to receive instruction before beginning your academic program. SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.

To learn more about State Authorization, eligibility and accreditation please visit https://online.osu.edu/state-authorization. Any questions can be addressed to the State Authorization team by emailing ODEE-stateauth@osu.edu.