Social Work Admissions

Successful candidates have the following characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree shows a distribution of liberal arts and social science courses
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the last two years of your bachelor’s degree or an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Social service practice experience (paid or volunteer)
  • Personal essay is written in a clear, well organized manner with no or few grammatical errors
  • Recommendation letters indicate strong potential to succeed in graduate program
  • Background check and response to criminal history presents no issues
  • Confirmation to understanding the NASW Code of Ethics is complete

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 field work 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 below must be received by 11:59PM MST on the posted deadline.

SemesterApplication DeadlineAdmission DecisionsCourses Begin
SpringAugust 15

Late OctoberEarly January
SummerJanuary 15Late MarchEarly May
FallApril 15Late JuneLate August

Refer to the summary of key dates (PDF) 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.

To Apply for This Program