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UW Oshkosh Master of Social Work Online Admission Application Requirements

2014 Fall Admissions Advanced Direct Practice or Administrative Management

All mailed materials must be submitted to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies in Dempsey Hall, Room 337, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8621.


  • First, complete the online application for UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies. The additional materials listed below are also required for application.
    • Supplemental Application: Additional information is needed to complete your online application form. As a professional program, the MSW program requires answers to the questions contained in this online survey as a part of your application.
  • Application Fee: You may pay the application fee when completing your electronic application, or else you must submit the non-refundable application fee of $56 to UW Oshkosh via mailed payment or online. To make payment by U.S. Mail, send the sheet provided from your online application with an international or U.S. money order, U.S. check, or bank draft, payable in U.S. dollars to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. You may also pay the application fee online with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) by logging back into your electronic application.
  • Post-Secondary and Master’s Degree Transcripts: You do not need to provide a UW Oshkosh transcript if you most recently attended our institution. A transcript will by generated with the information already in the UW Oshkosh computer system. Otherwise, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions are required. Contact each college, university, and any other post-secondary institution attended to request that a transcript be sent directly to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies.  Any post-secondary institution attended where the native language is not English, you must provide the original transcripts, mark sheets, and diploma in the native language as well as an English translation. An evaluation report reflecting all grade and credit equivalencies to the U.S. 4.0 scare must be completed by an accredited credential evaluator and presented with your submission of the non-English transcripts.


  • Professional and/or Academic Letters of Reference: The Graduate Studies office will send an electronic reference request form to the contacts you supply in your electronic application. If you graduated with an undergraduate degree within the past eight years, it is required that you submit an academic reference. Applicants who have a BSW and graduate within the past eight year must have a reference from a Social Work faculty member. If you graduated with an undergraduate degree more than eight years ago, you are not required to submit an academic reference, but you are required to submit at least one employment reference. A minimum of three letters of reference are needed before the processing of the application portfolio can begin.
  • Social Service Experience Survey: In lieu of a formatted word resume, applicants are asked to complete an online survey summarizing all paid, volunteer, and internship experiences that relate to social service. To begin completing this information, follow this link to the electronic survey.
  • Personal Essay: Submit a personal essay, as a PDF or Word document, that is 3–5 pages in length and double-spaced. Documents should be sent to and be sent only in a PDF or Word format.

Please answer the following questions:

a. What are your specific career goals in the next 5-10 years, and how will an MSW help you achieve these goals.

b. Describe your specific skills, abilities, experiences, and attributes that will complement your work as a professional social worker.

c. The social work profession is grounded in a set of core values that guide social work’s purpose and perspective (NASW Code of Ethics, 1996). These core values are: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Please choose at least two of these core values and describe how you apply them in your professional life. Please include at least three specific examples. More information about the NASW Code of Ethics can be found at


International Applicants Only:

a. English Proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a current (within 2 years) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Official score reports must be sent directly to UW Oshkosh (institution code 1916). Other English proficiency score results may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

b. Final Documentation: International student applicants who require a student visa (F-1 or J-1) must document financial support for their study in the United States. This information must be accompanied by official bank verification indicating funds will be available. Please submit a copy of the “Confidential Declaration of Financial Resources” form. Complete the form, following all the instructions, and send the original document with appropriate signatures. Your application will not be considered complete without this document.

c. Tuberculosis Screening: If you have not resided in the United States continuously for at least a year immediately prior to your admission you will need to complete a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Report form.


Approved Pre-Requisite Courses

Please view the following PDF files for the common pre-requisite courses to see how your undergraduate coursework meets the program requirements:

by Kempen, Kayde L last modified Jan 17, 2014 09:33 AM