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Social Work (MSW) Program

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Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website www.fgcu.edu/graduate or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or graduate@fgcu.edu for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.

Note: The minimum GRE entrance exam scores listed below are for the GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011. Minimum scores are not yet available for the Revised GRE (taken after August 1, 2011).

The Fall 2015 - 2016 Supplemental Application is currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Program Admission Requirements

General Program:

  • Earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of broad coursework in the liberal arts: 6 hours General Science (must include Human Biology); 6 hours English Composition; 6 hours Humanities; 6 hours Social Sciences; 6 hours Quantitative Math.
  • Successful completion of a course in statistics
  • One year's (40 hours per week) paid experience in a social service agency (in a service capacity) is preferred.
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three professional references including one from an undergraduate instructor, one from your field instructor, and one from a social service supervisor (paid or volunteer).
  • A written personal statement (to be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee for commitment to social work values, social justice, diversity, writing skills, etc.).
  • Interviews may be required.
  • Completion of MSW Application Package (PDF).
  • An international applicant for whom English is a second language is required to submit a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the MSW program at FGCU.

Advanced Standing Program:

  • Earned baccalaureate of social work degree within the past 5 years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Successful completion of a course in statistics.
  • One year (40 hours per week) paid experience in a social service agency (in a service capacity is preferred) is preferred.
  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale preferred.
  • Three professional references including one from an undergraduate instructor, one from your field instructor, and one from a social service supervisor (paid or volunteer).
  • A written personal statement (to be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee for commitment to social work values, social justice, diversity, writing skills, etc.).
  • Interviews may be required.
  • Completion of MSW Application Package (PDF).
  • An international applicant for whom English is a second language is required to submit a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

These materials must be submitted by To Be Determined (Please check back) in order for the applicant to be considered for admission for the fall semester. Students will be admitted to the two-year MSW program during the fall semester of each year. All admitted students are required to attend an orientation held during the fall immediately prior to classes beginning. In addition, students planning to enroll full-time must plan to be available during the summer months for the field placement search process. Although student "life" or work experiences are highly valued by the faculty, no academic credit is given in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or courses in the professional foundation areas specified in the Curriculum Policy Statement.