Master of Social Work students on The University of Akron campus

Master of Social Work (MSW) at Akron campus

How to apply

1. Apply to the Graduate School (click here)

  • Complete the online application, submit official transcripts (for all coursework since high school), and pay the application fee.

2. Apply to the School of Social Work

  • E-mail the following (together in one e-mail) to Rob Terry at   
    (a) the preferred program format form (click here);
    (b) essay (instructions below);
    (c) current resume; and
    (d) (For advanced standing applicants only) undergraduate field evaluation(s)  

  • Arrange for three (3) recommendations, using the social work recommendation form only (click here), to be e-mailed directly to Rob Terry at   

Note: for Advanced Standing, one recommendation must come from your undergraduate academic advisor, program coordinator or director, OR field coordinator, and one must come from a faculty member familiar with your academic performance.


  • Submit an essay of 3- 5 typed pages, double-spaced, 1” margins, explaining:
  1. Why do you want to be a social worker?;
  2. Why do you feel a graduate degree in social work is necessary to fulfill your professional or personal objectives?;
  3. Describe your view of diversity in society; and
  4. Describe a situation in which you were the recipient/provider of help emotionally, socially, or economically, and if/how this situation impacted your desire to pursue an advanced degree in social work.


MSW Admission Guidelines

Frequently asked questions

What is the admission deadline? 

  • Feb. 1, 2023: Review of the applications for Advanced Standing, full-time, and part-time will begin.
  • Feb. 15, 2023: Priority admissions for Advanced Standing, full-time, and part-time
  • March 31, 2023: Deadline for applications to the Advanced Standing program
  • May 31, 2023: Deadline for applications to both the full-time and part-time programs

When do classes begin?

  • Advanced Standing evening program: Summer, 2023
  • Full-time & part-time programs: Fall, 2023

Do I need to attend any orientation sessions?

Yes, you will need to attend two orientations: Field Orientation & Program Orientation.

What should I expect for my field education experience?

Students may complete their field placements at agencies throughout the Northeast Ohio area (Click here).

Who can I contact for additional assistance?

Please call 330-972-5275 or e-mail