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Social Work Admissions

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 reside outside of Idaho, please review this section carefully

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is available to students in all states. More information about State Authorization is available at About Boise State Online. Students must reside within the United States throughout their time in the MSW program due to the fieldwork practicums, which require the supervision of an experienced master’s level social worker in an agency setting.

Application Deadlines by Semester

ALL materials listed in Steps 1 through 4 in the section at the top of this page must be received by 11:59PM 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 15

Late 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.