Applying to the MASW Program

All persons applying to the Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW will apply directly to the Graduate School at Miami University MiamiOH.edu/graduate-studies. You will need to complete the application, including three letters of reference, academic transcripts, and a personal goals and accomplishments statement. Please follow the instructions on the MU Graduate School web pages to complete. You can monitor the progress of your references and upload documents here.

Professional Reference Letters

Three letters of reference should be completed by individuals familiar with your professional and academic experiences, such as previous professors, previous or current employers, co-workers, or others who are knowledgeable about your goals, academic accomplishments and professional experiences relating to social work. You can send electronic reminders to those completing letters by going here.  

The letters of reference should include:

  • An evaluation of the applicant’s experiences and accomplishments relevant to her/his academic and professional career, and especially the field of social work.
  • An assessment of the applicant’s motivation and potential for graduate study in and commitment to social work.
  • A statement about any other information that might be helpful in determining the applicant’s success in graduate work, including experience with or knowledge of social work research.

Personal Goals and Accomplishments Statement

• This statement is part of the application materials and will be reviewed by the MASW Graduate Committee.
• This statement should be 600 to 700 words in length and should include:

  1. A discussion of why you are interested in obtaining a MASW degree.
  2. A description of your academic background, employment, volunteer activities and other accomplishments related to social work.
  3. An explanation of how the MASW program will help you achieve your professional goals.

Your personal statement should be uploaded to your student portal.

What the Graduate School Will Do

The MASW Graduate Committee will evaluate your application once your application is complete. Only then will we make a recommendation to MU’s Graduate School regarding an applicant’s admission. Decisions and official notices of admission will come via email from MU’S Graduate School. Please check your spam folder for this information.

The MASW Graduate Committee will consider the following in admission decisions:

  1. Overall GPA;
    • Minimum of 2.75 is expected for the 2-Year Full-Time and Part-Time programs
    • Minimum of 3.25 is expected for the Advanced Standing program
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Social Work or Behavioral Science courses
  2. Previous academic work in social work or related areas;
  3. Potential to successfully complete graduate work;
  4. Commitment to the social work profession; and
  5. Congruency between applicant’s professional goals as well as our program’s teaching and research emphases.