COVID-19 and Admissions at George Fox

The George Fox admissions office is taking steps to protect the health of our campus community and prospective students. In accordance with the Oregon governor’s "Stay Home, Save Lives" campaign, admissions counselors are working remotely. While we cannot offer in-person visits for now, admissions counselors are still available by email, phone or video if you have any questions or need assistance.

We are still accepting applications for programs starting this summer and fall. Classes may be offered virtually until in-person classes can safely resume.

If you are applying, please send application materials by email and ask your previous school(s) to send official transcripts electronically directly to George Fox, rather than sending them by mail.

For additional information, visit the university's main COVID-19 response page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Fall 2021 Admissions Timeline

  • Applications open: Summer 2020
  • Early application deadline: Dec. 1, 2020
  • Early application interviews: Jan. 6 & 7, 2021
  • Application deadline: Mar. 1, 2021
  • Interviews: Apr. 9 & 12, 2021

Interviews will be held in a virtual format.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MSW program must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Applicants must have completed all the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 prior to entry to the program.

Advanced Standing

In addition, Advanced Standing applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for the accelerated degree:

  1. An undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. No other degrees or life experience can be substituted for this requirement.
  2. Completion of the undergraduate degree no more than five years prior to application. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for social workers who have been in practice with regular continuing education.)
  3. Reference form from the undergraduate program director and the director of field education. Forms available in the online application.
  4. A copy of the field evaluation from the baccalaureate social work field experience(s) documenting satisfactory generalist practice experience and skills in the internship.

How to Apply

Apply Online
Create an account with a username and password and complete a Master of Social Work application online. Submitting the online application will require a $40 nonrefundable application fee. In response to the financial strain the COVID-19 response has caused for many people, MSW application fees have been waived until further notice.

First-Time Applicants

Create an Account

Returning Applicants

Log in
Request Official Electronic Transcripts

Request an official transcript from every regionally accredited college or university where you completed even a single course. Electronic transcripts are preferred for speed and accuracy. They must be sent directly from the institution to If an electronic option is not available, unopened official transcripts can be sent via mail to:

Office of Admissions
George Fox University
414 N Meridian Street #6089
Newberg, OR 97132

Additional Information

  • No GRE or other standardized test is required.
  • Prerequisite courses will be a part of your online application. Please review our prerequisite requirements.
  • Reference forms can be sent through the online application. Please log in and submit your references before submitting your application to ensure they arrive on time.
    • Two-year MSW applicants: Two academic references and one professional reference required.
    • Advanced Standing applicants: One academic reference from your BSW program director, one professional reference, and one reference from your BSW field director or field supervisor required.
    • Note: If your BSW program director is no longer available or would not be able to write a knowledgeable reference on your behalf, you may seek a reference from another faculty member within your BSW program.

International Applicants

Additional requirements for international students are described on the International Graduate Admissions website. Those students whose first language is not English must meet the required English proficiency standard as demonstrated in passing the following minimum international iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) scores: 25 points in each of the following – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. International applicants whose primary speaking language is not English will need to demonstrate an advanced level of writing, speaking, spelling and comprehension in the English language to be admitted into the program.

Admissions Counselor

Kristie DeHaven

Kristie DeHaven

Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Degree Admissions

Admissions Counselor, Master of Social Work