Social Work
MSW
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
2190 JFSB
801-422-3282
msw@byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

One graduate degree is offered in the School of Social Work: Social Work — MSW.  The concentration of curriculum focuses on preparation for clinical practice and research with families and children.  The School of Social Work MSW curriculum is focused on preparing students to work with families and children, through one of two emphases:  Clinical and Research

  • Clinical Emphasis: Approximately 33-35 students will be admitted to the clinical emphasis each year. Students who apply to this emphasis will become practitioners or clinicians with strong direct clinical practice skills. Alumni from this emphasis work in mental health and other direct practice settings, go on to receive LCSW licensure, and work toward becoming agency directors and administrators of social work organizations.
  • Research Emphasis: Approximately 5-7 students will be admitted to the research emphasis each year. Students who apply to this emphasis are expected to go on for advanced training in top social work PhD programs. Research emphasis students, like those in the clinical emphasis, will receive strong clinical training and, in preparation for PhD level studies, 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.

Requirements for Degree

Clinical Emphasis

  • Students entering without an undergraduate social work degree (BSW)  – Credit Hours: 67 (60 major and 7 elective hours)
  • Students entering with an undergraduate social work degree (BSW) – Credit Hours: 62 (54 major and 8 elective hours)
  • All students are required to complete a Master’s Research Project.

Research Emphasis

  • Students entering without an undergraduate social work degree (BSW) – Credit hours:  67 (60 major and 7 research elective hours)
  • Students entering with an undergraduate social work degree (BSW) – Credit hours:  62 (54 major and 8 research elective hours)
  • All students are required to complete a Master’s Research Project.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see http://socialwork.byu.edu.

Admission Requirements: 
  1. Write a 4 to 6-page statement of intent specific to Social Work.  Instructions are found on the department website. http://socialwork.byu.edu
  2. List prerequisite courses you have taken - in the Standards and Prerequisites Section.
  3. One page resume - upload in the online application.
  4. Optional Scholarship application - upload to department documents in the online application.
Program Outcomes: 


2015 Ethical and Professional Behavior

1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

2015 Diversity

2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.

2015 Human Rights and Justice

3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

2015 Research Skills

4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.

2015 Policy Practice

5. Engage in policy practice.

2015 Engage

6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

2015 Assess

7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

2015 Intervene

8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organzations, and communities.

2015 Evaluate

9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 80
International 5
Female 61
LDS 80
Minority 12
BYU Undergraduate 40
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 1.7
Graduated Per Year 38.2
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 114.2
Admitted Per Year 47.0
Percent Admitted 41.16
Average GPA 3.76