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Graduate Admissions - Social Work

    Graduate Admissions - Social Work Programs

    Saint Leo University MSW program admits twice a year. The Master of Social Work program offers residents physically living in the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia an innovative full-time online program.

    Follow the application process described below for these social work programs:

    • M.S.W. Advanced Standing One-Year Program (Program starts Summer I term only)
    • M.S.W. with Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration (Program starts Fall I term only)

    M.S.W. Advanced Standing Program

    Saint Leo University MSW Advance Standing program starts in Summer and application deadline is February 15th.

    You should use the following process if you are applying to the M.S.W. Advanced Standing Program. The M.S.W. degree is available as a one-year, full-time program for students who have completed a B.S.W. degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years.

    We base our admission decisions on consideration of several criteria, including motivation, maturity, work experience, and leadership qualities that are carefully considered, along with academic records and test scores. Each applicant is evaluated individually.

    Admission to Saint Leo University is a simple, straightforward process. In order to become a degree-seeking student in one of our online graduate education programs, you will need to complete the following steps.

    The Master of Social Work program offers residents physically living in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Virginia an innovative full-time online program.

    Application Process

    To apply for enrollment in Saint Leo University's one-year, full-time Advanced Standing M.S.W. program:

    1. You must hold a bachelor's degree in social work (B.S.W.) from a CSWE-accredited social work program, complete within the last five years. You must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25, attained As and Bs in all junior- and senior-level social work courses, and be in good standing at the last institution attended.
    2. Fill out the online application.
    3. Submit a one-time $80 nonrefundable application fee.
    4. Submit a current resume.
    5. Submit three recommendations completed on forms you can download here. One of the letters must be from the B.S.W. field director/coordinator/liaison or program director, or the agency-based field supervisor where you completed your B.S.W. field internship.
    6. Submit a personal statement of 3-5 double spaced, typed pages addressing the following four questions:
      1. What are your specific professional goals? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Social Work Program, with its emphasis on advanced clinical practice, help you to achieve your goals?
      2. Please describe how you will complete the normal daytime work hours for internships.
      3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the social work profession? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?
      4. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
    7. Submit a copy of the senior fieldwork evaluation from your undergraduate social work program. If the evaluation is no longer on file, submit a letter from the social work department describing the following: practicum setting, types of clientele and/or groups of clientele, duties performed, and final grade. If you have not entered your internship, submit the social work professional skills form completed by your employer or a B.S.W. social work faculty member who can attest to your generalist practice skills.
    8. Submit a Transcript Release Form for each regionally accredited college or university you attended or in which you were enrolled, even if you did not complete a full academic term. Submit your Transcript Release Form(s) directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file. Those who are in process of completing their undergraduate degree must complete all classes by June 30th. Download the Graduate Transcript Release Form.
    9. Complete and submit both the cohort registration form and the verification form.
    10. Complete a criminal background check. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the M.S.W. Program, they may affect availability of practicum placements and future employability. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or any crime that involved harm or the threat of harm to another person, please describe the circumstances that led to the court action, the year of conviction, and an explanation of your plans to cope with potential limitations on your practice of social work once you graduate from the M.S.W. program. Students are responsible for updating the M.S.W. Program on any convictions and/or criminal charges after they are admitted to the program. Students with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the State of Florida.
    11. Participate in a personal interview and/or provide additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.

     

    M.S.W. Advanced Clinical Practice

    Saint Leo University MSW Advanced Clinical Practice programs starts in Fall and application deadline is March 30th.

    You should use the following process if you are applying to the M.S.W. with Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration. This degree is available as either a two-year full-time program or a three-year part-time program.

    We base our admission decisions on consideration of several criteria, including motivation, maturity, work experience, and leadership qualities that are carefully considered, along with academic records and test scores. Each applicant is evaluated individually.

    Admission to Saint Leo University is a simple, straightforward process. In order to become a degree-seeking student in one of our online graduate education programs, you will need to complete the following steps.

    The Master of Social Work program offers residents physically living in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Virginia an innovative full-time online program.

    Application Process

    To apply for enrollment in Saint Leo University's M.S.W. program with an Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration:

    1. You must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a broad liberal arts preparation and at least 21 semester hours in social and behavioral sciences and 6 credits in each of the following: the natural sciences, the humanities and visual and performing arts, and quantitative reasoning. A course in statistics is also required. You must have this course completed by June 30th.
    2. Fill out the online application.
    3. Submit a one-time $80 nonrefundable application fee.
    4. Submit a current resume
    5. Submit three recommendations completed on forms you can download here. Recommendations should include at least one academic source and one professional source, and an additional source of either type.
    6. Submit a personal statement of 3-5 double spaced, typed pages addressing the following four questions:
      1. What are your specific professional goals? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Social Work Program, with its emphasis on advanced clinical practice, help you to achieve your goals?
      2. Please describe how you will complete the normal daytime work hours for internships.
      3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the social work profession? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?
      4. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
    7. Submit a Transcript Release Form for each regionally accredited college or university you attended or in which you were enrolled, even if you did not complete a full academic term. Submit your Transcript Release Form(s) directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file. Those who are in process of completing their undergraduate degree must complete all classes by June 30th. Download the Graduate Transcript Release Form.
    8. If applicable, submit GRE or MAT scores. You do not need to submit these scores if you earned a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA while obtaining your bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. But if you did not, you must submit an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 1000 (or its equivalent) or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score of 410 (or 68th percentile). Test scores more than five years old are usually not accepted.
    9. Complete and submit both the cohort registration form and the verification form.
    10. Complete a criminal background check. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the M.S.W. Program, they may affect availability of practicum placements and future employability. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or any crime that involved harm or the threat of harm to another person, please describe the circumstances that led to the court action, the year of conviction, and an explanation of your plans to cope with potential limitations on your practice of social work once you graduate from the M.S.W. program. Students are responsible for updating the M.S.W. Program on any convictions and/or criminal charges after they are admitted to the program. Students with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the State of Florida.
    11. Participate in a personal interview and/or provide additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.

    Graduate Admissions
    Saint Leo University
    P.O. Box 6665
    Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665

    Send all these materials, at least 60 days before the beginning of the term in which you wish to enroll, directly to Saint Leo University at:

    Graduate Admissions
    Saint Leo University
    P.O. Box 6665
    Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665

    Contact Admissions

    Graduate Admissions

    Office of Graduate Admissions

    Phone: (352) 588-7404
    Toll Free: (800) 707-8846
    Fax: (352) 588-7873
    Email: grad.admissions@saintleo.edu

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Saint Leo University
    33701 State Road 52
    PO Box 6665, MC 2248
    Saint Leo, FL 33574

    Admissions Office Hours:
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