Thank you for your interest in the Master of Social Work program at BYU.
MISSION: The mission of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University is to support the overall mission of BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession to serve children and families within the context of their specific cultures.
PROGRAM: Our MSW program offers two emphases: Clinical Practice and Research, both focusing on families and children. These emphases are different in the following ways:
Clinical: Approximately 33-35 students are admitted each year to the clinical emphasis. Students from this emphasis receive among the best clinical training in the nation, to work in mental health and other direct practice settings, go on to receive LCSW licensure, and frequently become agency directors and administrators of social work organizations.
Research: Approximately 5-7 students are admitted each year to the research emphasis. These students are expected to go on for advanced training in top social work PhD programs. Research emphasis students will also receive strong clinical training, but they will 1) take advanced research courses outside of social work as part of their elective requirements (instead of clinical electives), and 2) submit their research project for professional publication. Alumni from this emphasis will go on to become university professors, work in a research or policy arena, or receive advanced clinical training.
Our program takes 20 months of full time study to complete, including 1,100 hours of field internship. You will pay tuition five times. Click here
for current tuition prices. Newly admitted students are required to take a Summer Bridge Course on research methods and statistics, offered free of charge on-line. You can get more information on this course here.
APPLICATION: Applications are received on-line only through BYU Graduate Studies.
The deadline to apply is January 15th for the following Fall semester (starting late August). Completion of three prerequisites is required from all applicants prior to applying to the program: Introduction to Social Work, Research Methods, and Statistics. Additional courses are recommended. The university requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of upper division undergraduate coursework. (The incoming MSW cohort's average GPA for the last 60 hours is typically between 3.7 and 3.8.) We do not require the GRE, however, if you take it and your score is sent to BYU, it will be considered as part of your application. Typically, 100-160 students apply for the 40 available slots each year.
Our program strives to achieve diversity in the student body, taking into account each applicant's individual qualifications, including racial, ethnic, gender and ability factors.
For more specific information please refer to the MSW Admissions Application Checklist
Please feel free to contact us with questions or for further information.
School of Social Work
2190 JFSB Provo, UT 84602