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MSW Application Checklist

Thank you for your interest in our MSW Program. The University of Houston uses ApplyWeb for the processing of graduate applications. Proceed to the link on this page to create an ApplyWeb account, submit an application, review a submitted application, and access post-submission functionality.

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The following will be needed to complete the application:

The Application Fee for the MSW Program is $50.00 for domestic applicants and $80.00 for international applicants. Applicants submit the fee with the online application.  

Scanned copies of official transcripts can be uploaded as PDF files and may be used by programs to make admission decisions. If admitted, however, you will not be able to enroll without the official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degree conferral on file. Official transcript(s) should be sent to the UH Graduate School:

Regular Mail Address:

Express Mail Address:

Electronic or "Speede" Transcript:

University of Houston

Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, Texas 77253-3947

University of Houston

Graduate Admissions
4302 University Dr, Rm 102
Houston, TX 77204-2012

Within the U.S., the fastest way to send your transcript is
electronically. Please inquire at your previous institution about this option.
Electronic transcripts can be delivered via email to

Test Score Requirements include the following. 

TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Scores are required from international applicants to satisfy English proficiency requirements. The UH school code for the TOEFL is also 6870. Please see the UH Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency page for more information on the requirement.

Letters of Recommendation are gathered electronically. You will be asked to provide email addresses of two to three references who know you well enough to evaluate your potential for graduate-level study in the field of social work. The Admissions Committee recommends including letters from recent employers or volunteer supervisors from social service agencies and current or former faculty members/instructors. If you are applying for Advanced Standing, the suggestion is that at least one of your references be from individual/s in your BSW program who can speak to your BSW performance, which could include the program director, a faculty member, or your Field Instructor or Coordinator.

For your Personal Statement please address the following questions in no more than 3 double-spaced pages. Use proper references as appropriate.

The profession of social work is rooted in a set of core values and tenets. Review the mission of the profession and the college, then describe to us how this fits with your professional and personal goals. In addition, tell us how you plan to be fully engaged in all the academic requirements of the MSW program, including field practicum and graduate level coursework while in the program. You may include any additional information relevant for the committee to understand regarding your fit for the program and profession.

The Resume (Recommended length 1-2 pages) should include the following:

  • Educational background including major, minor, type of degree, honors and 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)
  • Other work experience
  • Community and/or college activities
  • Reading interests (give specific examples)

International Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload the following documents, which will be required to obtain a student visa if admitted:

  • A scanned copy of a passport size photo
  • Passport copy
  • Letter of Financial Backing
  • Please visit the UH Graduate School’s International Students page for more information on visas, transcripts, and the English proficiency requirement.

Conditional Admission Applicants: If your cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA AND last 60 hours GPA is less than a 3.0, you will need to apply for conditional admission. To do so, please submit an additional letter for which instructions can be found on our website.

Transfer Applicants: Please address within your personal statement the reason you are requesting to transfer to the University of Houston. Additional documents will need to be submitted. Refer to our website for instructions.

Graduate Record Exam Scores are NOT required. You may send them if you wish, but they do not factor heavily in the admissions decision for the MSW program. If you decide to submit them, the scores should be submitted by the testing agency directly. Scores should be less than five years old. The University of Houston's institutional code for the GRE is 6870. Information about costs and test dates at UH may be obtained from UH Student Service Center (Room 204). (713)743-5444. 

Fall Application Deadlines

January 1: Early Consideration (Advanced Standing Face-to-Face applicants only)

February 1: All Face to Face applicants

March 1: All Hybrid and Online Students

Spring Application Deadline *Only open to applicants requesting to transfer from another CSWE accredited MSW program

October 1: Deadline for MSW transfer applicants

To be considered for Advanced Standing, applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a BSW degree. Additional requirements can be found on our website.

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 nonrefundable. 

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