The 12-month advanced standing program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in social work, or who will have earned this degree by Dec. 31, 2021. The school is accepting applications through Oct. 30, 2020 for Spring 2021. For Spring 2022, apply Oct. 1, 2020 to Aug. 1, 2021 to matriculate January 2022.
Admission Process and Requirements
We accept applications to the MSW program on a rolling basis, with a priority admission deadline of March 1, 2020, and a regular decision deadline of Aug. 1, 2020 (11:59PM EST).
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early. Our goal is to make admission decisions within 30 days to provide applicants sufficient time to plan their graduate studies. Files will not be reviewed until all required items are submitted. The prerequisite courses in human biology and statistics are required.
How to apply
Prospective students apply to the MSW program by using the GradCAS application, which includes four sections: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. The GradCAS Application Help Center is a useful tool for application troubleshooting.
Requirements for each of the Social Work application sections are outlined below:
Grade Point Average
Advanced Standing program: Baccalaureate degree in Social Work earned within the past 5 years from a CSWE-accredited program with a 3.3 minimum GPA in the last 60 units. Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution, or the degree is recognized through the Council on Social Work Education's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.
Official transcripts, from all institutions attended post high school (this includes vocational/technical school transcripts), must be submitted to GradCAS as part of the application. Please do not send transcripts to University of the Pacific during the application phase.
Two (2) References
Your recommenders will be required to submit their recommendations in the GradCAS online system. Two references are required, but you may submit up to three. The two required references should come from professors at the school granting your baccalaureate degree and individuals who supervise your paid or volunteer work.
Two (2) Evaluations
Two evaluation forms are required. They should be completed by the student’s BSW Field Instructor and Faculty Field Liaison.
Provide a personal statement that describes your interest in social work. You should include the following: (a) significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a MSW degree; (b) career goals and commitment to social justice and social change; (c) relevant academic, professional, and leadership experiences that will contribute to your overall success as a graduate student and future social worker; and (d) how Pacific's MSW program is a good fit for your educational and career goals. Please use a 12-point font and limit your statement to a maximum of 1,000 words (approximately 4 pages). Your personal statement will be uploaded in the Program Materials section of the application.
Your Resume/CV is a required admission document. You will upload your resume in the Supporting Information section of the application.
Note: Standardized Tests, including the GRE, are not required for admission to University of the Pacific's MSW program.