We have two Master of Social Work Programs you can apply to

The 16-month traditional program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology, health studies or related fields with a strong grounding in liberal arts, or who will have earned this degree by Aug. 15, 2021. Apply Sept. 10, 2020 to July 1, 2021. If admitted, you will begin study in Aug. of 2021 and graduate in Dec. of 2022.

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. Apply Oct. 1, 2020 to Aug. 1, 2021. If admitted, you will begin study in January of 2022 and graduate in December of 2022.

Please Note: The MSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience. Life and work experience, past or present, cannot be substituted for required field education experience nor any generalist or specialized practice courses.

Learn more about how to apply to the programs

The 16-month traditional program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology, health studies or related fields with a strong grounding in liberal arts, or who will have earned this degree by August 15, 2021. Apply September 10, 2020 to July 1, 2021. If admitted, you will begin study in August of 2021 and graduate in December of 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 July 1, 2020 (11:59 p.m. 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 GRE and prerequisite courses in human biology and statistics are required for admission.

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:

Admission Requirements

Grade Point Average

Traditional program: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a 2.75 minimum GPA in the last 60 units of postsecondary education.

Transcripts

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.  

Three (3) References

Your recommenders will be required to submit their recommendations in the GradCAS online system. Three references are required, but you may submit up to four. The three required references should come from professors at the school granting your baccalaureate degree and individuals who supervise your paid or volunteer work.

Personal Statement

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.

Resume/CV

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.

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:

Admission Requirements

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.

Transcripts

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.

Personal Statement

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.

Resume/CV

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.

The 16-month traditional program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology, health studies or related fields with a strong grounding in liberal arts, or who will have earned this degree by Aug. 15, 2021. Apply Sept. 10, 2020 to July 1, 2021. If admitted, you will begin study in August of 2021 and graduate in December of 2022.

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. Apply Oct. 1, 2020 to Aug. 1, 2021. If admitted, you will begin study in January of 2022 and graduate in December of 2022.

Admission Requirements

In additional to the admission requirements outlined for the student’s program of choice (16-month traditional or 12-month advanced standing), international students should also complete the following requirements:

Additional requirements for international applicants

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Add your foreign language test scores to the Standardized Test section in the Academic History quadrant.

  • TOEFL results to be sent to institution code B886. IELTS are also accepted and official scores should be sent to:
    University of the Pacific
    Office of Graduate Admission
    3601 Pacific Ave.
    Stockton, CA 95211-0110
  • Students who have attended schools outside of the United States are not required to submit official transcripts for those institutions but must rather submit a course-by-course evaluation of their academic records. University of the Pacific currently accepts evaluations from the following agencies:
    • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    • Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)
    • International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IREF)
    • Transcript Research
    • Joseph Silny & Associates
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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.