MSW How to Apply

Applying for admission to the Master of Social Work program is completed online by submitting one application to the University of Washington Graduate School as well as submission of required supplemental materials.

Plan Ahead

Make note of the application date for the program(s) in which you wish to apply. Visit UW Tacoma's Application Dates page for details on all graduate programs offered at the Tacoma campus. Remember, several items are required to complete your application, and items such as transcripts and letters of reference may take several weeks to obtain and submit.  NOTE: Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been submitted online.


Application Deadlines

Advanced Standing MSW
(BASW/BSW required)

June 13, 2014
(for Winter 2015 admission)

3-year MSW

March 1, 2015
(for Autumn 2015 admission)
Autumn 2015 application materials will be available in October. Please contact the Social Work program if you have any questions.  


Apply to the UW Graduate School

Applying to the UW Graduate School is a part of the MSW application process. All applicants must complete the UW Graduate School application online for our MSW program options.The UW Graduate School charges an application fee.

If you are planning to apply to the 3-yr, MSW program as well as the Advanced Standing MSW program you must submit two separate applications and corresponding fees to the UW Graduate School.

Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript from every college or university attended as part of the UW Graduate School application online submission.

NOTE: An official transcript showing degree(s) conferred will be required by the UW Graduate School and UW Tacoma Social Work Program if offered admission.


UW Tacoma MSW Application

The application materials below are effective for Autumn 2014 and Winter 2015 applications ONLY!

We have revised our application process for 2014-15 admissions.  Please review the MSW admission requirements and all instructions carefully.

If you wish to apply for Autumn 2015 or Winter 2016, updated application materials will be available in October. Please contact the Social Work program if you have any questions.  

Please review the following documents BEFORE starting your application.

Your completed application must contain the materials listed below.  Please be sure to make copies of your application materials.

All materials submitted become the property of the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work Program and we are unable to return any materials or provide copies.

  1. Application for Admission to UW Tacoma Master of Social Work Program form
  2. Admission essay
  3. Current résumé
  4. Social Service Experience form
  5. Three letters of reference (professional or academic)
  6. Conviction/Criminal History Information & Authorization for Repeat Background checks and Dissemination of Results form

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