MSW Application Checklist


1. Online ApplyTexas Application

Apply online using the ApplyTexas application.

After you submit your application on ApplyTexas, you will receive instructions for logging onto the University's system at

2.  Application Fee

Submit a non-refundable application fee of $60.00 with your ApplyTexas application.

3.  *Resume

Submit a comprehensive resume online at (Recommended length 1-2 pages). 

The resume should include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Name and contact information including email and telephone number
  • Educational background including major, minor, type of degree, and honors distinctions
  • Paid or volunteer experience in social service agencies or other settings (include beginning and ending dates, whether full-time or part-time, number of hours per week)
  • Community and/or college activities 
  • Hobbies and/or leisure activities
  • Reading interests (give specific examples)

4.  *Three Part Personal Narrative Statement

Complete and submit your three part personal narrative statement online at; all sections must be submitted or your application will not be reviewed. Use proper references as appropriate.

Part I  (Autobiographical Essay):  What were the significant factors that influenced you to choose social work? What skills and experiences do you have that will contribute to your success as a graduate student and social work professional? How is the GCSW a good place for you to build on those skills? 2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font.

Part II (Essay on Career Goals):  Tell us about your career goals as they relate to your definition of social and economic justice. 1 page, double spaced, 12 point font.

Part III (Social Issue Essay): Discuss a social issue that is of concern to you and relevant to social work practice. Share ideas about key factors contributing to the issue as well as possible ways to address the problem. 1 – 2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font.

5.  Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all of your previous college/university work. Transcripts can either be sent electronically to the University of Houston or mailed to the GCSW directly from your colleges and universities in a sealed envelope from the school or university. Unsealed transcripts issued directly to you will not be accepted. Please let us know on your ApplyTexas application all legal names that may appear on any of your transcripts.

Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to:

University of Houston
UH Graduate College of Social Work
Admissions Office
110HA Social Work Building
Houston, TX 77204-4013

6.  Three Recommendations

Submit the names and email addresses of three references (professors or professionals) on your ApplyTexas application. If you graduated from college within the last 5 years, one reference should be a professor or instructor. If you are applying for Advanced Standing, one of your three references must be your faculty advisor or chairperson of your BSW Program. Your references will receive an email with instructions for completing an online recommendation form.

For all applicants: if more than one of the three recommendations is personal, the file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.  At least two references should be academic or professional. 

7.  Official GRE Score

Submit official scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Scores should be less than five years old. The University of Houston’s institutional code for the GRE is 6870 and the social work code is 5001. Information about costs and test dates at UH may be obtained from UH Student Service Center (Room 204), (713) 743-5444. The GCSW does not require a minimum score on the GRE.


Fall: For Advanced Standing and priority consideration, applications must be postmarked by February 1st. All other applications must be received no later than March 31st.

Spring: For Advanced Standing only, applications must be postmarked by October 1st.


You can check the status of your application, upload your resume and three part personal narrative statement, and update your contact information as needed on Once your application shows complete, it typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a decision to be communicated. 

Scholarship Application

For students interested in applying for GCSW scholarships, the deadline are November 1st for Spring and May 1st for Fall. Click here for the scholarship application.

International Applicants

Additional materials are required for international applicants. Please refer to the University of Houston's information for International Applicants.

All records and documents submitted to the GCSW become property of the University and may not be returned. The application fee covers part of the cost of handling the application and is therefore non-refundable.