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Social Work Admissions

When you are ready to apply to the Master of Social Work Online, please review the application steps on this page. These steps do not need to be completed in order and you do not need to have all of your materials ready before you pay the application fee.

If you have questions or need additional assistance with any of these steps, contact your student success coach at (208) 426-5921 or

Application Deadlines by Semester

All materials listed in steps one through four must be received by 11:59 PM MST on the posted deadline. Applicants are able to start classes for this program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.

SemesterApplication DeadlineAdmission DecisionsCourses Begin
SpringAugust 15Late OctoberEarly January
SummerJanuary 15Late MarchEarly May
FallApril 15Late JuneLate August

Refer to the summary of key dates specific to the MSW Online program.

Please note: This is a summary of key dates within the academic calendar for the online program and is subject to change. For current, university-wide academic calendar details, please refer to the Boise State Academic Calendar.

Before You Apply

Watch our application process video to learn what to expect and get tips from Eliseo Che, a Boise State Online student success coach. You can also call a student success coach today at (208) 426-5921 and we’ll walk you through the admissions process and answer any questions.

Note: The application process video focuses on the Boise State Graduate College application. You will need to take additional steps to apply to the social work program.

This video is available with closed captions and a transcript.

To Apply for This Program

Successful candidates have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree that shows a distribution of liberal arts and social science courses
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the last two years of earning a bachelor’s degree or an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Social service practice experience (paid or volunteer)
  • A personal essay written in a clear, well-organized manner with no or few grammatical errors
  • Recommendation letters that indicate strong potential to succeed in a graduate program
  • A background check and response to criminal history that presents no issues
  • A willingness to understand and abide by the NASW Code of Ethics

If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact your student success coach at (208) 426-5921 or

If you reside outside of Idaho, please review this section carefully

Students must reside within the United States throughout their time in the MSW program due to the field work practicums, which require the supervision of an experienced master’s level social worker in an agency setting. For more information, please visit the licensing website.

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning. All official admission standards are published on the graduate catalog site.