Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply to the Master of Social Work program. Students admitted to the graduate social work program may be admitted with foundation status (63 semester credits) or advanced standing status (38 semester credits). Students requesting admission to the program with either status must demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of academic achievement. A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is a prerequisite for admission to the Northwest Nazarene University Graduate Social Work program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is expected with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the applicant’s major field of study. Students with an overall GPA lower than 2.75 may be considered for admission provided that the GPA from the junior and senior years of their baccalaureate program is 3.0 or higher.
  • Evidence of having successfully completed (C [2.0] or higher) a minimum of 21 semester credits from the following liberal arts areas: psychology, sociology, ecology, political science, law, economics, business, statistics, research, and oral or written communication.
  • Evidence of potential to practice social work, such as submission of evaluation material from field supervisors in the applicant’s baccalaureate program, letters of recommendation from supervisors in professional employment settings (or full-time volunteer settings, e.g., VISTA), letters of recommendation from faculty in a related field of study (e.g., religion, psychology, sociology, etc.).
  • Personal statement/writing sample (6–8 pages).
  • A basic knowledge of computer technology, including good word processing skills.

Please note: Academic credit is not given for life or work experiences.