Degrees & Programs



Admissions Timeline

Applications for the academic year will be available in October. December 1 is the fellowship deadline (please note: online students are not eligible for fellowships). Priority will be given to applications submitted by March 1 and the final deadline to apply is April 1. All application materials must be submitted by April 1 in order to be considered for admission.

Admissions Requirements

Our Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP) is for students who have earned a “B” or better in all social work required courses, 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and a BSSW within the last five years. All previous undergraduate coursework is calculated into the 3.0 GPA requirement. The GRE is not required for admission but you must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for ASAP.

**Attention ASAP Students: Please upload your field evaluation/learning agreement after you have submitted your application. If you have not yet received your field evaluation, a letter of good standing from your field instructor will be permitted (please note: this letter is in addition to the three letters of recommendation required). Please email your field evaluation/learning agreement or field instructor letter to

If you do not meet the above requirements, you can to apply to our traditional MSW program. Having a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (with at least 10 credit hours of social sciences) will qualify you for admission. The Graduate School requires students with a GPA below 3.0 (average from all undergraduate coursework) to take the GRE in order to be considered for our traditional MSW program.

Are you applying to an online MSW program option? Click here to view the online MSW application instructions.

Application Fee Waivers

International Admission Criteria 


To apply for a Social Work scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year, you must complete an application by March 1, 2018

Interested in starting sooner?

Graduate non-degree is an option for students who wish to familiarize themselves with our MSW program prior to being admitted. As a graduate non-degree student, you can take up to 7 credit hours of graduate level electives that can be transferred into the program. For additional information on how to apply as a graduate non-degree student visit:

Application Checklist
What should I include in my personal statement?

Faculty reviewers of your application want to understand why you are interested in graduate social work education.  Toward this objective, please prepare a detailed statement covering the questions and points below.  Add any relevant information you wish, but please do not omit any sections or questions; indicate “not applicable” where appropriate.  Note: A resume is not acceptable in lieu of the personal statement.  Your personal statement in general should be a minimum of three (3) pages, no more than five (5) pages, typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font.  Please use the question number and its associated subheading when responding to each question.

  1. Knowledge and Awareness of the Social Work Profession
    a. Describe how your understanding of the social work profession applies to your social work career goals.
    b. Describe your motivation to pursue a graduate degree in social work, and how you foresee it helping you to attain your professional goals.
  2. Volunteer or Work Experience Related to Social Work
    a. Discuss your student organization, volunteer, and/or paid work experiences that are relevant to social work practice.
    b. Discuss the skills you have developed from these experiences that you think provide a foundation for social work profession.
  3. Personal Strengths and Potential Impact on Social Work
    a. Discuss any unique contributions you believe you will bring to graduate study at The Ohio State University and the field of social work in general.
  4. Diversity
    a. Write about your experiences working with diverse populations.  Which issues and populations do you find particularly challenging?  What issues and populations do you enjoy working with the most?
    b. How did you handle those challenges, or what would you like to learn to handle those challenges more effectively in the future?
  5. Academic Performance (These questions pertain only to those with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0)
    a. Describe what contributed to your academic challenges in your undergraduate studies that prevented you from achieving a 3.0 GPA.
    b. What measures will you take to improve your academic performance if admitted to the program?
  6. Evaluation and Research Interests, Other Accomplishments (These questions are required if you are applying for a University Fellowship)
    a. Describe any research experience and related interests.
    b. Summarize any achievements, scholarships, and/or honors you’ve received related to academics and/or community service.
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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Master of Social Work students have the option of being full-time or part-time students. Full-time study for graduate students is 8 credit hours a semester and many of our part-time students take a full-time load.  Anything over 8 credit hours is still considered full-time and is charged at the same rate as 8 hours.

Scholarships and Financial Aid


Financial aid is intended to help you finance your education when family and personal resources are not adequate to meet your total educational costs.

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.  Please visit the web site of OSU’s Student Financial Aid Office for more information or contact the office at:


1st Floor SAS Building
281 W Lane Ave,
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-292-0300
Toll-free: 800-678-6440 

To see OSU’s Student Tuition and Fee Tables, please visit the
Office of the University Registrar’s web site.

OSU School Code for FAFSA is 003090. 


There are a number of fellowships offered through the Graduate School.  If you are interested in being nominated for fellowships, please visit the Graduate School webpage to determine your eligibility and deadlines to apply.

Please note: in order to be considered for a University Fellowship nomination, applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017. The GRE will need to be taken by November 15th.

Graduate School Fellowships


We are proud to have many high achieving students in the College of Social Work, and we intend to award as many scholarships as possible. Our scholarships are competitive, varied, and awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, and/or one’s professional area of interest in social work. Scholarships are awarded to enrolled students at the end of spring semester for the following academic year; the average award amount is typically $2,500 to $3,000.


To apply for a Social Work scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year, you must complete the online scholarship application by March 1, 2018. You will be required to submit the following documents:

    • A brief professional goals essay
    • An advising report or transcript
    • A one-page résumé
    • The name and contact information of two academic or professional references

If you are interested in being considered for a need-based scholarship, you must also complete the FAFSA by February 1, 2018.

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