Admissions

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 3.0. Applicants must have completed all the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 prior to entry to the program.

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent)
  • Three references (forms are in the online application)
    • Applicants who are five or fewer years from completing a bachelor's degree: Two academic references and one professional reference
    • Applicants who are more than five years from completing a bachelor's degree: Three professional references
  • Professional resumé
  • Graded sample of scholarly writing from your undergraduate program. Examples include an academic research paper, literature review, report, etc. If scholarly writing is not available, please contact the admissions counselor for an alternate option.

Advanced Standing applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the accelerated degree:

  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Three references (forms are in the online application)
    • One from the undergraduate program director
    • One from the director of field education
    • One professional
  • Professional resumé
  • Graded sample of scholarly writing from your undergraduate program. Examples include an academic research paper, literature review, report, etc. If scholarly writing is not available, please contact the admissions counselor for an alternate option.
  • A copy of the field evaluation from the baccalaureate social work field experience(s) documenting satisfactory generalist practice experience and skills in the internship

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite course work must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. A general description of each required prerequisite course is listed below:

  • College Level Writing (one course)
  • Statistics (one course)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (two courses)
    Options include psychology, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, human diversity, economics, political science and social work.
  • Natural Science (one course)
    Biology is preferred but other options include anatomy, chemistry, environmental science, physics and geology.

If you do not have sufficient undergraduate work in a particular area, this may not preclude your acceptance in the program, but if you are accepted, you will need to complete course work for that requirement as a prerequisite.

How to Apply

  1. Apply Online

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

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  2. 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 admissions@georgefox.edu. 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

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Fall 2022 Admissions Timeline

Applications open July 1, 2021
Early application deadline December 1, 2021
Early application interviews January 5 & 6, 2022
Application deadline March 1, 2022
Interviews March 2022 (specific dates to be announced)

Interviews will be held in person. A virtual option is available for those who are out of state.

Additional Information

  • We don’t require a GRE or other standardized test.
  • Prerequisite courses will be a part of your online application. Please review our prerequisite requirements above.
  • 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. 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.
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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.

International applicants with a bachelor's degree in social work from outside of the United States will need to complete the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES).

Questions?

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Kristie DeHaven

Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Degree Admissions

Admissions Counselor, Master of Social Work