Admissions Information

Admission to the Regular and Advanced Standing Tracks of the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is competitive and early application is encouraged.

The application process for both tracks are the same, but have different deadlines. Deadlines are listed below.

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1. Preparation

  • Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. 

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

A returning graduate student who has been granted admission into a program, enrolls in the program and then stops-out for more than 12 months must reapply to the program by the program application deadline date and meet all admission requirements. Our goal is to make this process smooth and easy for your return to St. Scholastica.

Apply for readmission

To return to the same graduate program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must apply for readmission to the College.

  • Click on Graduate Application
  • Log in with your email address, or Create a New Account
  • Be sure to answer “Yes” to the questions “Are you a returning student?” and “Are you returning to the same graduate program?”, and this will cause the application to skip any essay or recommendation requirements.
  • If you are returning to the college but applying to a different program, please consult with your admissions counselor to determine what, if any, supplemental application materials will be required.
  • There is no fee for applying for readmission.

Taken classes elsewhere? We'll need transcripts.

If a returning student has taken courses through other colleges during their absence from St. Scholastica, official transcripts from those colleges may be required if you need credit for courses.

  • No GRE required
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2. Application

Please order the following official transcripts:

  • Bachelor's degree transcript showing degree conferred
  • Any post-baccalaureate transcript
  • Any transcript with pre-requisite coursework
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions Policy for additional requirements.

Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

Email official transcripts to transcripts@css.edu. Electronic transcripts must be from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript services.

Mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school. Mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Transcript Processing
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Both the Regular Standing Track and Advanced Standing Track offer two deadlines for applications, the priority deadline offers students an opportunity to learn of their acceptance into the program earlier in the application cycle. Applications will continue to be accepted until the application final deadline. Deadlines are:

Regular Standing Track deadlines:
Application priority deadline: Feb. 15
Application final deadline: Aug. 1

Advanced Standing Track deadline:
Application priority deadline: Feb. 15
Application final deadline: May 1

Application Process

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. References: As part of the online application, applicants must enter the contact information for two professional and/or academic references from someone who can address the applicant's abilities and interpersonal skills, potential for graduate education and potential for professional social work practice. This individual will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  3. Resume: As part of the online application, applicants will upload a current resume or vitae with their application. 
  4. Interview: Applicants may be asked to interview with the Admissions Committee before a final decision is reached.
  5. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.
  6. Professional Statement: Please keep this response to no more than THREE double-spaced, typed pages. Applicants must submit a well-written professional statement that addresses the following:
    1. What motivated you to decide to pursue an MSW?
    2. What is your understanding of clinical social work, and what is your area of interest?
    3. What are strengths and weaknesses with respect to the nine core social work competencies that will impact the way you practice as a social worker?
    4. Discuss any significant volunteer and/or work experiences related to social work or human services.
    5. What are your professional goals and plans in clinical social work?

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Tuition discounts are available to our Clinical partners and employees of the Benedictine Health Care Facility, among others. See our discounts page for more information. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or onestop@css.edu.

Application Deadlines

Both the Regular Standing Track and Advanced Standing Track offer two deadlines for applications, the priority deadline offers students an opportunity to learn of their acceptance into the program earlier in the application cycle.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the application final deadline. Deadlines are:

Regular Standing Track Timeline:
Cohort start time: Sept.
Application priority deadline: Feb. 15
Application final deadline: Aug. 1

Advanced Standing Track Timeline:
Cohort start time: May
Application priority deadline: Feb. 15
Application final deadline: May 1

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