- I haven't been in school for a long time. Do I really need transcripts from every college or university I ever attended?
- What if I haven't finished my degree yet?
- Do I need to submit GRE scores?
- How will I know what classes to take? How do I register for classes?
- If I have a B.S.W., can I get credit for my previous social work courses?
- How can I learn more about the program?
- What happens if I'm accepted, but can't enroll?
- Who should I ask to provide recommendations for me?
- Can I get transfer credit for courses taken somewhere else?
- Who decides where I will do my field work?
- Does the GCSW have a part-time or evening/weekend program?
- Does the GCSW have an online program?
- Can you tell me more about the concentrations and specializations you offer?
- What happens if I need to change my enrollment status?
- How will I know about the status of my application?
Questions and Answers
I haven't been in school for a long time. Do I really need transcripts from every college or university I ever attended?
Yes, this is a university record keeping requirement.
What if I haven't finished my degree yet?
You can submit transcripts showing all academic work to date, but before you can enroll in graduate courses, you must submit an official transcript that show the degree has been awarded. Your admission will be considered provisional until all required documentation has been received in our office.
Do I need to submit GRE scores?
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requires all graduate applicants at Texas public universities to submit official GRE scores. However, you may apply to the GCSW without scores, but must submit them prior to enrollment in the program. There is no minimum GRE score requirement.
How will I know what classes to take? How do I register for classes?
Once admitted to the GCSW, you will be asked to attend a summer advising meeting at which you will receive specific information about your degree plan and registration. Registration is done online through the university’s system, myUH.
If I have a B.S.W., can I get credit for my previous social work courses?
Applicants who hold the B.S.W. degree (Bachelor's in Social Work) from a CSWE accredited program are encouraged to apply for Advanced Standing. For more information, see Advanced Standing under “Special Admissions Categories” on the main admissions page of this website. Not everyone who applies for Advanced Standing will be admitted with the advanced status; the admissions committee may deny advanced standing but still approve admission to the regular program.
How can I learn more about the program?
What happens if I'm accepted, but can't enroll?
If you can't start the program in the semester in which you applied, you can request that your admission be deferred for one year. A limited number of deferrals are allowed each year; you may be told to reapply for the following year.
Who should I ask to provide recommendations for me?
Admissions reviewers want to hear from persons who can address your interest and commitment to social work, who can describe your readiness for graduate education, and/or who can describe your previous academic performance. Current or former professors, employers or supervisors (especially if in social work) often provide recommendations for applicants. If you graduated from college within the last 5 years, one recommendation from a professor or instructor is required. If you are applying for Advanced Standing, one of your three recommendations must be from your faculty advisor or chairperson of your B.S.W. Program.
Can I get transfer credit for courses taken somewhere else?
Transfer credit may be granted for courses taken in other disciplines provided that: a grade of B or better was earned; the course was completed within five years of enrollment in the GCSW; and the course is relevant to your course of study in this program. Generally, no more than six hours credit is approved. Requests must be discussed with your advisor. We regret that we do not have the resources to provide course transfer evaluation prior to admission.
Who decides where I will do my field work?
Field practicum assignments are handled by the Office of Field Education. An overview of field is given at the summer advising meetings. Other required meetings are held in the fall to provide more information. The GCSW has more than 500 approved field settings in which students are placed.
Does the GCSW have a part-time or evening/weekend program?
The 3-year model is available for students who are unable to take a full load of courses. For the first semester, students take the required foundation courses (11 hours) on evenings and weekends. However, all new students will meet together Thursday and Friday of the first week of the semester, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For the first week only, every incoming student must make arrangements to attend these two days of classes – no exceptions. After the first semester, students can take day and/or evening classes. All MSW students are required to complete 900 clock hours of field work in community agencies. Part-time students are not exempt from this requirement, even if they are currently working in a social service agency. Students must be able to do field work from January to August for 16 clock hours per week sometime during Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Three year students complete advanced field work in the last year of their program. They again must be able to complete 16 clock hours per week sometime during Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Our hybrid weekend college offers a course of study that is especially suited to the needs of working professionals. Students take courses that are delivered 50% online and 50% face to face and are in class no more than one to two Saturdays each month. This offers the flexibility and convenience of an online program combined with an opportunity to meet face to face for skill development. Weekend college students can attend the main UH campus or the UH Sugar Land campus. Students concentrate in Clinical Practice and also have the option to specialize in Health and Behavioral Health. The program takes three years to complete. Field requirements can be completed during evenings and weekends for part of the program.
Does the GCSW have an online program?
For highly self-directed students, our Online Program is ideal. This program offers students across the country the opportunity to participate in a unique online learning community with top rated faculty. Online students will benefit from small class sizes and a diverse student population. Students complete their field work in their home communities. The program takes three years to complete.
Can you tell me more about the concentrations and specializations you offer?
The GCSW offers two concentrations, (clinical and macro practice), and four specializations. Selecting a concentration is required while specializations are optional. Specializations offer an opportunity to further develop expertise in a specific area of social work by taking electives and completing field practicums in focused content areas. The specializations are Health and Behavioral Health, Social Work Practice with Latinos, Political Social Work and an Individualized Specialization option. These optional specializations do not require additional credit hours; however, they are earned by completing 9 credit hours of select courses in the chosen specialization area and a related field practicum, with a minimum of a “B” average. Students are encouraged to participate in additional activities to enhance their advanced knowledge and skills in their interest area by attending workshops and trainings, volunteering in the community, pursuing mentorship in their area of specializations and tailoring class assignments in their areas of interest.
What happens if I need to change my enrollment status?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the enrollment plan they are able to manage. Students who wish to change their status prior to their initial enrollment may have to postpone starting the program for a full year if all slots are full. Once a student has successfully completed the first semester of the program, students may work with the academic advisor to change their status. Hybrid weekend college and online program students may have to reapply if they choose to move to the traditional program.
How will I know about the status of my application?
You can check the status of your application on UH at www.applyweb.com/uhouston.