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How to Apply to the School of Social WorkIf you have questions about the Springfield College School of Social Work admissions process, please contact:
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Areas: Community Health Education
Apply OnlinePlease select one of the following options:
- Applications for the M.S.W., Advanced Standing, and M.S.W./J.D. programs are due May 1st.
- Note: We will continue to review current applications as long as we have openings in the program.
- Applications for the Post-Master's Degree Certificate Program for Fall are due September 1st,
applications for Spring are due January 21st.
If you are interested in applying to the Springfield College School of Social Work, for either the weekday or weekend program, you will need:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that reflects a broad background in liberal arts, with at least twenty semester hours in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences with an emphasis on human biology. Social and behavioral sciences include anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Biological sciences include botany, biology, physiology, and zoology. The School looks favorably on transcripts that include coursework in writing and in research methods or statistics.
- A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for all undergraduate work and 3.0 in the last two years of academic work. Some exceptions are made, and the faculty considers other evidence that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to conduct graduate study in social work. Applicants who do not meet the GPA minimum will be considered for admission on probation if space is available.
- The personal capacity to work effectively with people to achieve professional standing;
- Social work experience as an employee, volunteer, or in an undergraduate field practicum;
- A professional statement describing: (1) professional goals and reasons for pursuing an M.S.W. degree in this program; and (2) the education, professional/work experience, and personal characteristics that make the applicant a good candidate for an advanced generalist M.S.W. program.
- Three professional or academic references that address the applicant’s ability, potential, and readiness for graduate education and professional social work experience.
- Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.
Although all work for the M.S.W. is usually completed at the Springfield College School of Social Work, transfer credit may be awarded on a course-by-course basis for up to nine graduate credits earned at a CSWE-accredited graduate program in social work. Following admission, a student’s coursework with grades of B or better that have been taken within five years of the anticipated date of completing the M.S.W. program at Springfield College will be considered by the faculty committee.
Weekend Program Offered at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass.For student's interested in attending the Weekend program in Worcester, please complete and submit the Saint Vincent Program Interest Form.
Advanced Standing Programs (Weekend and Weekday)Applicants to the Advanced Standing Program must complete a supplemental application.
M.S.W/J.D. Combined Degree ProgramApplicants interested in the M.S.W./J.D. program must successfully meet the separate admissions requirements of each institution and be accepted into the combined degree program. The combined degree program is only open to the students in the full-time M.S.W. and J.D. programs.
Although admission to the combined degree program is usually decided at initial enrollment, it is possible to begin studies in either the M.S.W. or J.D. program and then enroll in the combined degree program. Application to the second institution must be made before completion of the first year of studies at the first institution.
Neither the Springfield College School of Social Work nor the Western New England University School of Law admits new students for the spring semester.
Bachelor of Science/Master of Social Work Program
Benefits of Program: The B.S./M.S.W. Degree Program is a courtesy program for a small, select group of undergraduate students at Springfield College in the Department of Social Science who are already majoring in social work-related fields and who wish to pursue the Master of Social Work degree at Springfield College School of Social Work. The program will enable a selected group of undergraduate students in the Department of Social Science at Springfield College who meet rigorous graduate admissions criteria to complete the Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Criminal Justice, Applied Sociology, or Youth Development, and the Master of Social Work degree, in four undergraduate academic years, one summer, and one academic year of graduate study.
Eligibility, Requirements, and Admission: Eligibility for the B.S./M.S.W. Program is limited to Springfield College undergraduate students with a major in Criminal Justice, Applied Sociology, or Youth Development who have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 by the end of the fall semester of their third or junior year and who have completed at least 81 semester hours of undergraduate credit. Students must also have completed 3 semester hours of undergraduate fieldwork with a grade of B or better. Students who wish to pursue the Master’s of Social Work at Springfield College must submit a Letter of Interest to the Admissions Coordinator at the School of Social Work, accompanied by a Letter of Recommendation from their undergraduate Faculty Advisor and a working transcript not later than March 15 of Spring Semester of the junior or third undergraduate year. The School of Social Work Admissions Committee reviews requests for admission to these courses. A complete formal application to the Master’s of Social Work program is required in the Spring Semester of the fourth or senior year and additional eligibility requirements apply. For more information on the B.S./M.S.W. program, students should consult with their undergraduate Faculty Advisor in the Department of Social Science.
Post-Master's Degree Certificate Program in Advanced Practice with Children and Adolescents:The program is aimed at providing experienced professionals with the opportunity to advance their knowledge of practice with children and adolescents. The program is designed for social workers, nurses, mental health professionals, school counselors, and others who have earned master’s degrees in related fields. Applicants must be currently working with children and adolescents. Applications are accepted twice each year.
- For Spring 2011: By January 21
- For Fall 2011: By September 1
The goal of the Certificate Program is to enhance state of the art knowledge and skills in the following content areas:
- Clinical Intervention Techniques
- Bio-Psycho-Social Theories