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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.  Please note, your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been submitted online.

Application Deadlines

Advanced Standing MSW [part-time only]
(BASW/BSW required)

June 30, 2019
(for Winter 2020 admission)

The 2020 application is currently open.

3-year MSW [part-time only]

March 1, 2020
(for Autumn 2020 admission) 

The 2019 application has closed. The 2020 application will be open in October 2019.

Application Process

Step 1: Review UW Tacoma MSW admission and program requirements

Please review the following documents BEFORE starting your application:

Note for International Students: Since the UW Tacoma Master of Social Work program is a part-time program, international students are not eligible to apply. International students holding an F-1 or J-1 Student Visa may apply to the UW School of Social Work at the Seattle campus as a full-time study option is available there. See the University of Washington Seattle's website for application information.

Step 2: Begin the UW Graduate School online application

Applying to the UW Graduate School is a part of the MSW application process. All applicants must complete the UW Graduate School application, which also requires the submission of required supplemental materials (see step 3). You may log in as often as you like to update your application. The UW Graduate School charges an application fee. Once you are finished with your application, you will be prompted to submit the application fee. After your application is submitted, you will not have access to make any further changes. 

Be sure to select the appropriate program option in the online application*: 

  • 3-year MSW: Social Work - Tacoma Campus (Master of Social Work - Part Time Program)
  • Advanced Standing MSW: Social Work - Tacoma Campus MSW (Advanced Standing)

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

Step 3: UW Tacoma MSW required supplemental materials

    NOTE: These materials are applicable for Autumn 2019 and Winter 2020 only.
    Application materials for Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 will be available in October 2019.

    Your complete application must contain the materials listed below. 

    Please be sure to keep copies of your application materials. All materials submitted become the property of the University of Washington Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice and we are unable to return any materials or provide copies.

    ***Please note that many PDF files will be too large to upload to the application itself (there is a 2 MB maximum). There are several ways to remedy this. Options include scanning the document with a lower quality and using Adobe Acrobat to save as a reduced file size. If you are still unable to upload the document, please contact our office for more options.

    1. Application for Admission to UW Tacoma Master of Social Work Program
    2. Admission essay
    3. Current résumé
    4. Social Service Experience form
      What is relevant social service experience?
    5. Authorization for Repeat Background Checks and Dissemination of Results
    6. Three letters of reference (professional and/or academic)
    7. Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended*
      *An official transcript showing degree(s) conferred will be required by the UW Graduate School if offered admission.

    Step 4: Notification of decisions

    The review of applicant files is an important and time-intensive effort taken by the program's faculty. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision by mid-May. Please monitor your spam and other inbox folders if you feel you have missed any communication from us. After applying, please ensure your mailing address and contact information remains up-to-date by logging into your Graduate School Application as a returning applicant. 

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