School of

Social Work

Prospective Student Information

Kansas City  by University Communications

Admissions Requirements for Standard/Traditional Program

1.    A baccalaureate degree:  

  • in a social science field (e.g., social work, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, political science, education) with a sound liberal arts/general education foundation.

2.    Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

3.    GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate program.

4.    The GRE is not required.

Note: Applicants with a GPA of at least 2.6 may be admitted provisionally if they meet a number of criteria (see UMKC Catalog).

Already have a B.S.W.? Consider the Advanced Standing Program.

An applicant who has a B.S.W. degree from a CSWE-accredited program may be considered for the Advanced Standing Program if he/she received the degree within the last five years, and earned a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework and graduated with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Want to learn more about UMKC's School of Social Work? 

1.    Attend one of our monthly informational meetings.  The next scheduled meeting is listed in the right hand column of this web page.  

2.    Read Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about the Social Work profession?

Want to Apply?

Application Deadline for Standard/Traditional Program

  • March 1st to begin courses in Fall Semester

Application Deadlines for Advanced Standing Program

  • October 1st to begin courses in Spring Semester

  • February 1st to begin courses in Summer Semester

Application Process

  • Students must first complete the UMKC online application by clicking on the "Apply Now!" link below.  Follow the directions carefully. 

  • After completing the UMKC application, students will be instructed to complete the supplemental application specific to Social Work titled "Grasp".   


Click on the following link to apply!  

                                   Apply now






Program Director &
Department Chair

Bob Prue, PhD
Phone: 816.235.6308

Administrative Assistant

Heidi Updike
Phone: 816.235.1040

Main Phone
Phone: 816.235.1025

Department Email

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How to Apply

School of Social Work Application
Current Student Handbook

Program Assessment

2015 Assessment

Search Social Work Class times  
Informational Meetings

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