The MSSW program of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work seeks to admit candidates that demonstrate a personal and professional readiness to pursue graduate education in social work and to make a significant contribution to the profession.
The school welcomes applications from all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religious affiliation, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or ability. In order to maintain a dynamic student body, the following areas are given particular consideration in admission: human services motivation, academic potential, interpersonal effectiveness, capacity for sustained effort, communication skills, and contribution to a diverse student body.
Admission to the MSSW degree program is competitive and early application is encouraged. Although application to the MSSW program requires admission to both The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, only the online social work application is required.
Applicants are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of their applicant file, which includes:
- Records of academic work
- Personal narrative statements
- Letters of recommendation
- Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)
- Beginning with applications for Fall 2019 admission, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is accepted but not required. Please note that applications with non-traditional transcripts or undergraduate upper division coursework GPAs below 3.0 may be strengthened by scores on the GRE.
- Applicants for Spring or Summer 2019 admission may request a waiver for the GRE. To request a waiver, contact the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s Office of Admissions after application submission.
Learn about MSSW admissions requirements here. Before you apply, check this step-by-step list. It will help you determine if our MSSW program is right for you, and will show you how and where to get more information about it. If you are ready to apply, you can find instructions for the MSSW application process here. You may also want to learn about how to finance your education and possible sources of school-based funding.