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Master of Social Work

Department of Social Work

Important Information about Applying to the Social Work MSW program:

In order to apply to the MSW program, you must apply through the School of Graduate Studies using the links provided below. Our program is offered in multiple locations. Please select the appropriate location below to ensure your application is processed efficiently. All materials must be received by the School of Graduate Studies prior to the listed deadline to be considered for admission. There are two sets of admission criteria, one for the School of Graduate Studies and another for the ETSU MSW program. They are as follows:

School of Graduate Studies Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • A completed application form.
  • One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses, except for previous course work at ETSU. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $55 for domestic students or $65 for international students. (Your application cannot be processed until the non-refundable fee is paid). 
  • An undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. International students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Access more information for international students.

ETSU Master of Social Work Admissions Criteria

  • A four-year degree from an accredited college/university (liberal arts background).
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 with 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of bachelors degree.
  • Autobiographic Statement, not to exceed 1470 words, detailing your interest in social work, including personal experiences, strengths, values and beliefs that will contribute to your competence as a social worker.
  • Resumé detailing your academic and professional experience.
  • Three reference/recommendations, at least one from a previous professor/instructor or supervisor of a paid or unpaid social services agency.

To Complete Your Application:

Checklist of Application Requirements.

Click on the location that you wish to apply to.

Johnson City Applicants
Program Options: Traditional and Advanced Standing
Deadline: February 1

How to Apply

  1. Click here to Access the Application Login Screen
  2. On the log in page choose "First Time User Account Creation"
  3. Create a Log-in ID and PIN
  4. Follow the instructions to create and complete the application
  5. Upon completing the application, visit http://gradletters.etsu.edu and create an account to request letters of reference.
  6. Click here to submit your Resume / Vita and Autobiographical statement. 
  7. One official transcript from each college or university attended should be mailed to:

    ETSU School of Graduate Studies
    Attention: Michele Lamb
    Box 70720
    Johnson City, TN 37614

    OR

    Official electronic copies must be emailed directly from the registrar's office to:
Asheville Cohort Applicants
Program Option: Traditional and Advanced Standing
Deadline: February 1
Click here for more information about our Asheville location

How to Apply

  1. Click here to access the application
  2. Create an account (A personal email address must be used instead of an ETSU email address)
  3. Upon completing the application, visit http://gradletters.etsu.edu and create an account to request letters of reference
  4. One official transcript from each college or university attended should be mailed to:

    ETSU School of Graduate Studies
    Attention: Michele Lamb
    Box 70720
    Johnson City, TN 37614

    OR

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed directly from the registrar's office to:
Kingsport Cohort Applicants
Program Option: Advanced Standing
Deadline: March 1
Click here for more information about our Kingsport location

How to Apply

  1. Click here to access the application
  2. Create an account (A personal email address must be used instead of an ETSU email address)
  3. Upon completing the application, visit http://gradletters.etsu.edu and create an account to request letters of reference
  4. One official transcript from each college or university attended should be mailed to:

    ETSU School of Graduate Studies
    Attention: Michele Lamb
    Box 70720
    Johnson City, TN 37614

    OR

    Official electronictranscripts must be emailed directly from the registrar's office to:
Abingdon Cohort Applicants

Program Option: Traditional Program and Advanced Standing
Deadline: February 1
Click here for more information about our Abingdon location

How to Apply

  1. Click here to access the application
  2. Create an account (A personal email address must be used instead of an ETSU email address)
  3. Upon completing the application, visit http://gradletters.etsu.edu and create an account to request letters of reference
  4. One official transcript from each college or university attended should be mailed to:

    ETSU School of Graduate Studies
    Attention: Michele Lamb
    Box 70720
    Johnson City, TN 37614

    OR 

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed directly from the registrar's office to:

 

Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA) The Tennessee State Legislature enacted legislation entitled the Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA), which became effective on October 1, 2012 (Tennessee Public Chapter No. 1061-SB No. 1325).As a result of this legislation, all state public institutions of higher education in Tennessee must verify that students who receive state public benefits such as in-state tuition or graduate assistantships, may have to provide documentation such as a scanned copy of a driver's license, birth certificate, visa, or permanent resident identification.

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