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MSW Admission Requirements

Admission Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the Berkeley MSW Program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • A satisfactory scholastic average, generally a minimum grade-point average of B or better (3.0 on a 4-point scale) in all coursework after the first two years (typically the first 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) of undergraduate study.
  • Sufficient undergraduate preparation and training for graduate study in social welfare.
  • A course in introductory statistics, research methods, or quantitative reasoning. This requirement must be satisfied prior to matriculation if you are offered admission.
  • The equivalent of one full year (2,100 hours) of paid employment or volunteer experience related to social welfare or human services.  For applicants to the Management and Planning (MAP) Concentration, the recommended minimum experience requirement is two years (4,200 hours).

Applicants to Concurrent Degree Programs

  • Applicants to concurrent degree programs (e.g., MSW+MPH; MSW+MPP) must meet all eligibility requirements and admissions standards of both the School of Social Welfare and those of the respective joint program, including any examination requirements of other programs (GRE, etc.)
    • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for the MSW-only Program, but applicants to the MSW+MPH, MSW+MPP, or Combined MSW/PhD Program ARE required to take the GRE General Test. There is no minimum GRE score required.

International Applicants

  • For international applicants from a country or political entity where English is not the official language, a satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam or other acceptable equivalent evidence of English language proficiency to do graduate work is required.

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