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Master of Social Work

How to Apply

Application Information

Later this fall we will once more open up the application for admission into Fall 2017. Typically our deadline is in mid-January. This deadline is for both the application as well as supporting materials, such as recommendations. To apply for the MSW Program, prospective students will need to complete an online application through the UC Graduate School. Components of the application include:

  • A résumé
  • A personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript.  

An official transcript will only need to be submitted after you have been accepted and confirmed your admission as a student. An official transcript must bear an official seal from each institution attended, showing degree conferred and date conferred. The deadline for submitting official transcripts is one week before the start of the semester. 

These transcripts can be sent to the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail        Delivery via FedEx/DHL/etc.
Graduate School       Graduate School
University of Cincinnati       University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
      2614 McMicken Circle
P.O. Box 210627 7       110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627       Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627


Students who have received a degree from China and are applying for admission during the Fall 2016 or later should view the Chinese Transcript Verification Process for directions on submitting transcripts. 

 Financial Aid

There are several types of financial aid for which graduate students in social work can apply. In order to receive any financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA by April 15th prior to beginning the program.  For general information about financial aid at UC, please visit the Student Financial Aid web page.


The Graduate Incentive Award is a scholarship offered to students based on merit; the application for this scholarship is included with the student's acceptance packet. ​This scholarship is available to Advanced Standing and Full-Time students.

The UC Graduate School also offers the following scholarships: the McNair Scholars Program and Yates Scholars Program.

School of Social Work Graduate Assistantships

The SSW offers 10 and 20-hour assistantships that come with partial or complete tuition remission, as well as a stipend during the academic year. Assistantships are available only to Advanced Standing and Full-Time students, and 20-hour assistantships are typically reserved for students in their advanced year. Most graduate assistant positions are research-based, with students supporting a faculty member’s research. The SSW will notify the student body when assistantships are available.

Student Loans

UC Student Financial Aid has more information about student loans.

Foundation Awards and Other Scholarships

Students may choose to independently apply for and obtain grants and scholarships from outside sources. Students can find potential scholarship funds in the Scholarship Database provided by UC Student Financial Aid.

Social Work Professor Shauna Acquivita in the classroom

Contact Us

School of Social Work
1515 French Hall
PO Box 210108
Cincinnati OH 45221-0108
Phone: 513-556-4615
Fax: 513-556-2077

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