Social Work
    Little Hall, Box 870314, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Social Work, MSW
 
Official Concentration(s)*: Social Work with Adults and their Families (AF), Social Work with Children, Adolescents and their Families (CAF) .

Specialty Area(s)** : Program & Agency Administration.

Program Director(s): Dr. Sebrena Jackson, (205) 348-4726
Application Contact: Heather Sullivan (Registrar), (205) 348-3928
Application Deadline: Fall - April 1 Spring - September 1 Summer - February 1
Allow Admission with Permission to Continue?    Yes.
if GPA>2.5
Allow Conditional Language Admission?   No.
Offer Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)?   No.
*A concentration is an officially approved program of study that will appear on your transcript. You may select a concentration (if available) during the application process. ** A specialty area represents broad informal areas of study and/or research within a department and reflects faculty expertise.

Admission Requirements
Item Information
Application Fee
Required.
Statement of Purpose
Social Work professionals address the needs of vulnerable populations and they are bound by a professional code of ethics that guide their professional behavior. We are looking for individuals who exhibit strong potential for developing professional competence, whose personal value system promotes social work core values and who have demonstrated academic promise to be able to perform successfully at the graduate level. Faculty members will evaluate your qualifications for a professional education in social work and the appropriateness of our program for your educational needs and goals. Format: 5-6 pages, 12 point font with 1” margins, single or double spaced • Before you write: 1. Reflect on your educational and professional objectives. 2. Evaluate your expectations regarding the MSW degree program and your professional future. 3. Read the NASW Code of Ethics and reflect social work principles such as privilege, oppression, diversity and social injustice. • Reviewer’s expectations: *Note: all essays should be written in a professional format 1. Strong written communication skills (grammar, spelling, punctuation, diction and organization). 2. Essay Content A. Your motivation for social work and social work education B. Evidence of experience or interest in working with diverse populations or oppressed groups C. Address commitment to social and economic justice and other interests congruent with social work values and ethics D. Your potential to become a competent social worker E. Your potential and plan for academic success F. The resources will you use to support you academically G. Additional information that might help assess your potential H. Discuss two experiences you have had that are relevant to individual differences and/or diversity in relation to the NASW Code of Ethics.
Resume / CVRequired.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation. Letters from former Professors or Instructors are preferred. Personal/character references from family members, friends, and clergy are not appropriate. Recommendations should come from individuals who can speak to your ability for graduate study AND potential for advanced social work practice after graduation.
Transcript
Please upload an unofficial transcript for any institution of higher education at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours. Official transcripts must be received prior to registering for classes. International applicants: please make sure that your transcript includes a grading scheme. All others: please include a grading scheme if your university does not use a letter-based (e.g. A, A-, B) grading scheme.
The minimum GPA to be considered: 3 (for regular admission). Students who do not meet these requirements, but who excel in other areas, may be considered for Admission with Permission to Continue.
Graduate Admission Test Scores
NOTE: During the COVID-19 crisis, admission test scores are not required for students applying for summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 admission. Official GRE score (school code: 1830) or MAT score (school code: 1012). Waived if GPA >= 3.0
The minimum score(s) to be considered for regular admission:
GRE: 300, MAT: 50th Percentile.
Test score is required if GPA is lower than 3.0. Students who do not meet these requirements, but who excel in other areas, may be considered for Admission with Permission to Continue.
English Proficiency Test
NOTE: During the COVID-19 crisis we are accepting Duolingo scores (minimum of 105 for regular admission). Non-native speakers are required to submit unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (official scores are submitted on admission) unless they meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) at the time of initial enrollment, they will hold a degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below; 2) at the time of initial enrollment, they will have been enrolled in coursework for at least two years at a U.S. institution or an institution in one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below; 3) they are a citizen or legal resident of one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below. https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/international-admissions/
The minimum score(s) to be considered for regular admission:
TOEFL: 79, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 59.

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