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Admission Process and Requirements

We accept applications to the MSW program on a rolling basis, with a priority admission deadline of March 1, 2020, and a regular decision deadline of July 1, 2020 (11:59PM EST).

To accommodate applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSW program has temporarily extended the application deadlines for the 16-month Traditional program to July 15 and the 12-month Advanced Standing program to September 30.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early. Our goal is to make admission decisions within 30 days to provide applicants sufficient time to plan their graduate studies. Files will not be reviewed until all required items are submitted. The GRE and completion of pre-requisite courses are not required for admission.

How to apply

Prospective students apply to the MSW program by using the GradCAS application, which includes four sections: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. The GradCAS Application Help Center is a useful tool for application troubleshooting. 

Requirements for each of the SocialWork application sections are outlined below:

Applying to the Advanced Standing Program

Forms to be completed and uploaded to GradCAS by the applicant’s BSW/BASW Field Liaison and Field Instructor:

Admission Requirements

Grade Point Average
The following grade point averages are required for admission:

  • Traditional program: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a 2.75 minimum GPA in the last 60 units of postsecondary education.
  • Advanced Standing program: Baccalaureate degree in Social Work earned within the past 5 years from a CSWE-accredited program with a 3.0 minimum GPA in the last 60 units. Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution, or the degree is recognized through the Council on Social Work Education's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.

Official transcripts, from all institutions attended post high school (this includes vocational/technical school transcripts), must be submitted to GradCAS as part of the application. Please do not send transcripts to University of the Pacific during the application phase.  

Two (2) References
Your recommenders will be required to submit their recommendations in the GradCAS online system. Two references are required, but you may submit up to four. The two required references should come from former or current work supervisors or academic instructors. 

Personal Statement
Provide a personal statement that describes your interest in social work. You should include the following: (a) significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a MSW degree; (b) career goals and commitment to social justice and social change; (c) relevant academic, professional, and leadership experiences that will contribute to your overall success as a graduate student and future social worker; and (d) how Pacific's MSW program is a good fit for your educational and career goals. Please use a 12-point font and limit your statement to a maximum of 1,000 words (approximately 4 pages). Your personal statement will be uploaded in the Program Materials section of the application.

Your Resume/CV is a required admission document. You will upload your resume in the Supporting Information section of the application.

Note: Standardized Tests, including the GRE, are not required for admission to University of the Pacific's MSW program.

Additional requirements for international applicants

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Add your foreign language test scores to the Standardized Test section in the Academic History quadrant.
    • TOEFL results to be sent to institution code B886. IELTS are also accepted and official scores should be sent to: 

University of the Pacific
Office of Graduate Admission
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211-0110

  • Students who have attended schools outside of the United States are not required to submit official transcripts for those institutions but must rather submit a course-by-course evaluation of their academic records. University of the Pacific currently accepts evaluations from the following agencies:
    • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    • Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)
    • International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IREF)
    • Transcript Research
    • Joseph Silny & Associates

  • To apply as an international student, click here.