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The Master of Social Work Program

Admission Requirements

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions: [1]

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • GRE scores--It is not required for Baccalaureate of Social Work (BSW) degree holders
  • Official transcripts   --(See below requirements for coursework in Liberal Arts and Statistics)*
  • Application Fee
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from an academic advisor, one additional academic reference, and one employer reference)
  • Personal and Social Issues Essay**
  • TOEFL scores (international students only; score of at least 550 required-paper/ 79 required-internet)

*   Liberal Arts Coursework:

Successful graduate and undergraduate social work education depends heavily on an understanding and application of liberal arts and sciences. We ask you to examine your undergraduate transcript and make a list of the courses found in the following areas:

  • A course in human biology
  • Any courses in the social and behavioral sciences (i.e. psychology, anthropology, sociology).  At least nine credits are expected in this area
  • Course content in American government, Macroeconomics, Literature, Philosophy, and English composition
  • A course in Statistics--  Please note your successful completion of an undergraduate course in descriptive and inferential statistics. Introductory applied statistics courses in business and the social and behavioral sciences meet this requirement. No applicant will be denied admission because of lack of college statistics. However, it is required the course be completed before student enrollment.

No applicant will be denied admission because of incomplete liberal arts coursework. However, applicants may be asked to complete one or more of these courses before enrollment.

 ** Personal and Social Issues Essay:

The personal narrative statement includes the following two elements:

  • In a two-page essay, discuss a current social problem which has an international impact. Describe the problem and develop solutions for alleviating that problem and preventing its occurrence in the future.
  • In a three-page statement, please explain the role you expect your graduate studies to play in your professional and personal development. Be sure to state your employment history and goals as well as your personal motivation. Note your strengths and needs as a graduate student of social work.

Transfer of Credits:

Students may transfer up to 9 credits of foundation level coursework completed at a CSWE accredited Master of Social Work program prior to enrollment into their foundation year of studies. These credits must have program approval; student interview and examination of the course description and syllabi are required. In the advanced year of studies, students may transfer credits as electives that have been taken at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning that are approved for transfer to Kutztown University by the student’s academic advisor, the MSW Program Director and the Graduate Dean. No more than 9 credits total may be transferred. No graduate course for which a grade of less than “B” or its equivalent was earned may be accepted as transfer credit in the College of Graduate Studies. If approved, the credit hours transfer as neutral credits only. The course number and description of the transferred course are recorded on the student’s transcript; however, the grade received is not recorded or used in the computation of the QPA.


[1] Please consult the Office of Graduate Admissions at (610) 683-4200 or via Graduate@Kutztown.edu for further details and deadlines related to the general application process. On-line applications are accepted

Contact Info: 
Social Work Department
Old Main 27
Kutztown, PA 19530
Tel. (610) 683 4235
Fax (610) 683-4383

Dr. John Vafeas
Department Chair
E-Mail:  vafeas@kutztown.edu

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