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Application Requirements

  1. Personal Narrative
  2. Resume
  3. Professional Reference Letters
  4. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  5. Official transcripts from each previous university attended
  6. Completion of the following behavioral science coursework:
    • at least one course in psychology, sociology, or anthropology;
    • at least one course in American history, American government, or economics;
    • at least one course in human biology; and
    • at least one course in statistics.
  7. GPA
    • Minimum of 2.75 is expected for the Traditional programs
    • Minimum of 3.25 is expected for the Advanced Standing program
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Social Work or Behavioral Science courses

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Personal Narrative

This statement should be 1250 to 1500 words in length and should include:

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


Please include your current employer and/or field agency as well as any volunteer experiences that you have had.

Professional Reference Letters

Three letters of reference should be submitted. It is recommended that 1-2 of those references come from a former or current professional supervisor who is familiar with your work and 1-2 come a current or former faculty member. These letters should address issues related to your professional 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.

MASW Graduate Committee

The MASW Graduate Committee will evaluate your application once your application is complete. Only then can our committee 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.

What Our Committee Considers:

  1. Previous academic work in social work or related areas;
  2. Potential to successfully complete graduate work;
  3. Commitment to the social work profession; and
  4. Congruency between applicant’s professional goals as well as our program’s teaching and research emphases.

Non-degree seeking students


Those who are interested in learning more about the field are welcome to apply to the program as a non-degree seeking student. If then interested in pursuing a MASW, these students can apply up to 12 credit hours towards the requirements of the program. To apply, visit the MU graduate school and apply as a CGS student

Transferring courses from other graduate programs

Students may apply to transfer up to transfer up to 1/3 of the number of credit hours for the required degree. For Traditional student applicants, this is 16 CH. For Advanced Standing student applicants, this is 11 credit hours. In addition, the student must have received an “A” or “B” for the course, and the course is within 5 years of the projected graduation date for the master’s degree.

Financial Assistance

Miami University students have the following opportunities to receive financial assistance:

Graduate Assistantships

Each year up to 6-8 students are provided with a Graduate Assistantship that includes 100% tuition waiver and a stipend for living expenses in exchange for working with a Faculty Advisor for 18 hours weekly. Applications are due each year on February 15th.


Miami University prides itself on supporting its graduate students with numerous scholarships. Deadlines for all of the following scholarships are March 15th of each year:

  1. Family Science and Social Work General Scholarship: Based on academic performance and financial need. New or continuing students; preference is given to relocating students. $4000 per student
  2. Jane and Dessie Rees Scholarship: Based on academic achievement and essay responses, $1000 per student.
  3. MASW Miami Alumni Scholarship: Miami Alumni entering the MASW program, based on academic performance and financial need. Incoming graduate students only $3000 per student
  4. Fred C. Whitcomb Scholarship: Graduate students in the Social Work Program. Faculty Nomination only, $1000 per student