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Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Social Welfare

Applying

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

M.S.W.: January 15, 2019
Applicants who wish to be considered for graduate fellowships must submit completed applications by December 15th.
Ph.D.: December 15, 2019

Admission Limited to

Fall

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General is strongly recommended for those with a junior/senior GPA below 3.3

Letters of Recommendation

3

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit the departmental application, official transcripts from every school attended since high school, a professional resume, and a statement of purpose.

M.S.W.: The statement of purpose accompanying the application should why you seek an MSW at UCLA at this time and describe the following: Experiences that shaped your understanding of social welfare of a profession and what this understanding is; the abilities, experiences and accomplishments that demonstrate your fit with UCLA's MSW program; and your specific career or educational goals.

Applicants are required to have taken a minimum of seven courses in the liberal arts, including three in the sociobehavioral sciences, or a combination of liberal arts and social welfare subjects as prerequisite undergraduate preparation for graduate study in the field of social work. An elementary statistics course with a grade of B or better and one course with human biology content are also required.

Social Welfare, M.S.W./Law, J.D.

The Department of Social Welfare and the School of Law offer a concurrent degree program whereby students may pursue the Master of Social Work and the Juris Doctor degrees at the same time. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both schools. Students complete their first year of law study in the first of a four year program. Students complete their first year of social welfare study in the second year of this four year program. In the third and fourth years, students meet the other requirements for both programs. Applicants interested in the program should contact the Department of Social Welfare or the School of Law.

Social Welfare, M.S.W./Asian American Studies, M.A.

The Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Asian American Studies offer a concurrent program whereby students may pursue the Master of Social Welfare and the M.A. in Asian American Studies at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both programs. Students complete the Asian American Studies courses in the first year and the Social Welfare courses in the second and third years. Asian American Studies requires a thesis to be completed by the third year. Students must complete the program requirements for both degrees. Applicants may submit the same statement of purpose to each program but all other parts of the application process are separate to each graduate program. Applicants interested in the concurrent degree program should contact the Department of Asian American Studies Program or the Department of Social Welfare.

Social Welfare, M.S.W./Public Health, M.P.H.

The Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Community Health Sciences (Public Health) offer a concurrent program whereby students pursue the Master of Social Welfare and the Master of Public Health at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of each program. Studentsin the three-year concurrent program complete their first year curriculum in either Social Welfare or Public Health. During the second year, students complete the first-year core courses in the other department along with certain electives. In the third year, students complete the advanced practice methods and field internship course sequences in Social Welfare, complete requirements and electives in Public Health, and meet remaining requirements for both programs. Students must meet requirements for graduation in both programs to be awarded either degree. Applicants interested in the program should contact the department of Social Welfare or the department of Community Health Sciences.

Social Welfare, M.S.W./Public Policy, M.P.P.

The Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Policy Studies offer a concurrent program whereby students pursue the Master of Social Welfare and the Master of Public Policy at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both programs. Students in the three-year concurent program complete their first year curriculum in Social Welfare. During the second year, students complete the first-year core courses in Public Policy as well as their social work practice methods course sequence. In the third year, students meet the remaining requirements for both programs and must meet requirements for graduation in both programs to receive either degree. Applicants interested in the program should contact the Department of Policy Studies or the Department of Social Welfare.

Ph.D.: Applicants are expected to hold a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from an accredited school of social work with a superior academic record. Students who possess a master's degree in social science and professional experience in a related field may also be admitted under one of the following plans:

(1) Applicants who wish to obtain an M.S.W. are required to complete the first-year M.S.W. program. Students can be exempted from some second-year M.S.W. Requirements via examinations on the basis of preparation received in doctoral courses. This plan is also available to applicants with a BA degree who possess an outstanding academic record.

(2) Applicants who do not wish to obtain an M.S.W. may be required to take certain M.S.W. courses as prerequisites to doctoral courses.

A typewritten statement of professional and educational objectives is required. To exemplify communication skills, applicants may submit any of the following: published articles, a master's thesis, unpublished papers, or term papers written in graduate courses.

Admission criteria include quality of performance in previous undergraduate and graduate study, capacity for doctoral-level scholarship, ability to express oneself clearly in writing, success in professional employment and other pertinent experiences, results of the GRE, and other qualifications indicating eligibility for advanced study and research.

Program Name

Social Welfare

Leading to the degree of

M.S.W., Ph.D.

Major Code

0864

Address

3250 Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

Phone

(310) 825-7737

Email

sw@publicaffairs.ucla.edu

Website

luskin.ucla.edu/social-welfare