UW Tacoma's part-time, evening Master of Social Work (MSW) programs seek to enroll well-qualified students with diverse backgrounds. We especially seek applicants who are committed to work with diverse populations.
Our 3-Year program is designed for graduates of baccalaureate programs from any major, while the Advanced Standing program (18 months) allows eligible candidates to enter the advanced level of the MSW curriculum following the completion of a qualifying baccalaureate program in social work or social welfare. The following information describes the admission requirements and application process for the UW Tacoma 3-Year MSW and Advanced Standing MSW programs.
The MSW programs each admit one cohort per year. Please note the appropriate application date for the program(s) to which you are applying. All application materials must be submitted on or before the listed date to be considered for admission. Applicants are encouraged to start their application well in advance of these deadlines to allow enough time for items such as transcripts and letters of recommendation to be obtained and submitted.
Autumn Quarter cohort
Early Application Review Date: February 1 Priority Deadline: March 1
The MSW program admits 3-Year MSW students for autumn quarter only.
Complete applications received by the priority application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the priority application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis for a limited period of time.
ADVANCED STANDING MSW
Winter Quarter cohort
Early Application Review: May Deadline: June 30
The MSW program admits Advanced Standing MSW students for winter quarter only.
Complete applications received by the deadline will be assured of a review.
Applicants planning to apply for both the 3-Year and Advanced Standing programs must submit two separate applications and corresponding fees to the UW Graduate School by the respective program deadlines.
Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program
Financial support may be available to you as you pursue your MSW degree, providing you meet specific qualifications and have a strong commitment to pursuing a career in public child welfare. In exchange for the financial support, you agree to be employed within Washington State DSHS-DCYF (Department of Children, Youth, and Families) after receiving your MSW degree.
The CWTAP provides federal Title IV-E stipend money and special training to MSW students desiring to work in public child welfare. Availability of funding for CWTAP varies.
Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative
The Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative supports master’s level mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers committed to serving individuals and families with mental health and substance use challenges. Students participating in the initiative receive grants to offset master’s degree expenses by agreeing to serve three years in an approved Washington state community behavioral health agency or tribal health center after their graduation.
The Simon Family Endowment recognizes and supports graduate social work students as future professional providers of lifelong care for adult individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an Intellectual Disability. The Endowment offers Master of Social Work Fellowships and fieldwork practicum opportunities in agencies serving autistic or intellectually disabled adults.