Minimum Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is granted on a selective basis determined by the quality of the total application. An applicant is expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of the capacity to succeed in graduate level social work education based on undergraduate work and any previous graduate work. Previous work must include courses in social and behavioral sciences strong enough to ensure the applicant’s ability to do creditable work at the graduate level.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7. A Miller Analogies Test Score or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score is required for a grade point average below 2.7.
    In exceptional cases, applicants who lack the required academic credentials but whose other qualifications are outstanding may be admitted on a probationary basis. Probationary students must achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average in their first semester of coursework (minimum of six credits) to have their probationary status removed and continue in the program. Students who enter on probation may carry no more than 13 credit hours their first semester.
  • Evidence of a combination of personal qualities and values that are considered essential for the professional practice of social work: strong moral character; strong analytical and communication skills; a caring and compassionate nature; and a personal commitment to social justice, empowering individuals, and serving vulnerable and under-represented groups.

The School may request a personal interview or additional information about an applicant if necessary.

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