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MSW Program Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Social Work to be admitted? 

No. The Department of Social Work at Kutztown University encourages individuals with degrees from various fields of study to apply for the MSW program. Perquisite coursework applies. Please visit the MSW Admissions page for more information or call the KU Department of Social Work.

What is advanced standing status?

If an applicant currently holds a Bachelor's of Social Work from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program they may apply for advanced standing consideration.  Advanced standing status allows students to complete the MSW (Master of Social Work) program in 44 credits over one calendar year (if attending full-time) or two calendar years (attending part-time). 

Do applicants with degrees other than social work qualify for advanced standing status?

No. In order to qualify for advanced standing status an applicant must hold a Bachelor's of Social Work from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program.

What is the difference between advanced standing status and traditional status? 

Advanced standing status allows students to complete the MSW (Master of Social Work) program in 44 credits over one calendar year (if attending full-time) or two calendar years (attending part-time). In order to qualify for advanced standing status the applicant must hold a BSW from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program.

Traditional status students may complete the program in 64 credits (if all perquisite coursework is completed) over two years (if attending full-time).

Is credit granted for personal and life experiences?

The MSW program at Kutztown University recognizes that many students have life and work experiences that give them unique insight into helping people.  Therefore, the program welcomes student classroom contributions related to their experiences.  However, students should note that professional social work education provides a foundation of knowledge, values, and skills for social work practice.  It is this foundation that allows professional social work practice to occur.  This principle has been recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in its determination that no one can self-identify as a social work without a degree from a CSWE-accredited program of social work education.  For these reasons, no academic credit will be accepted for professional work or life experience by the Kutztown Social Work Program.

Can I still apply if I do not have three reference letters? 

Yes, however to complete your application you need three professional references. You may utilize the recommendation form found on the Graduate Admissions page to submit your references. Please contact the Social Work Department if have any questions or concerns regarding gathering references.

What is the application deadline? 

The Department of Social Work considers applications on a rolling basis. Suggested application deadlines are May 1 for summer admission and July 1 for fall admission. 

Do I need to take GRE's?

Holders of a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program are exempt from this requirement.  All others need to take the GRE. The GRE is used by the program, not as admission criteria but as an educational planning tool to help prospective students become successful in the program.

If I have a MAT or GMAT or LSAT test do I need to take the GRE's? 

No. The MAT, GMAT or LSAT tests results may also submitted in place of a GRE test. Holders of a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program are exempt from this requirement.

Is there a way to practice for the MAT or GRE? 

An online study guide and practice tests for the MAT are available from Pearson Assessments  (http://www.pearsonassessments.com/postsecondaryeducation/graduate_admissions/mat/prepare_mat.html). 

ETS offers free download of section overviews and practice tests for the GRE (https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/powerprep2 ).

Is there housing available for graduate students? 

For information on regarding on campus housing please visit http://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/housing-residence-life-and-dining-services/housing-information/new-first-year-and-transfer-students.htm  

Are there graduate assistantships available? 

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available at Kutztown University. For more information please contact the Graduate Admissions office graduate@kutztown.edu. A graduate assistantship application is available at http://www.kutztown.edu/graduateapply

Will I need to I complete any liberal arts prerequisite coursework?

Holders of a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program have already completed the liberal arts prerequisites. The transcripts of non-BSW holders will be evaluated as a part of the admissions process. If it is determined that you need any coursework it may be completed at a local community college, Kutztown University, or at any regionally accredited college or university. 

Do you offer any weekend or online course options? 

Yes. The Weekend Executive provides an opportunity for courses to be completed on Friday mornings and during the day on Saturday. For more information please visit the weekend executive page.  Some courses are also available in an on-line format.


Are any courses offered in the Summer?

Selected courses may be offered in the summer depending upon enrollment.

Are there any evening course options?

Most courses are offered from 7 to 9:50 a.m. during the week and during the day on Saturday; however, some elective hourse may be available in the evening.

How much is the application fee?

Am I eligible for financial aid?