Questions About the MSW Program?

Chat with the MSW Program Director every Monday from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. during fall and spring semester. Please check the event calendar for cancellations.

Dr. Fisher will be available to chat with current and perspective Social Work students to answer questions about the academic program and to provide career advice.

Chat with the MSW Program Director sessions will be hosted at:
3150 University Hall
Street address:
1402 10th Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1241

Chat with the MSW Program Director is a first-come-first serve walk-in session and no appointment is required.

An admissions packet will consist of:

  • Academic transcripts with GPAs (note: please have transcripts mailed directly to the UAB Graduate School — transcripts will not be accepted in the Department)
  • Two recommendation letters, ideally one academic and one professional (note: please ask individuals to upload formal letters of recommendation to the Graduate School application — recommendation letters will not be accepted in the Department). Letters must be signed by the recommendation writer to be accepted.
  • A professional resume
  • A personal statement about your path to social work and professional goals (writing prompt found in application)
  • A formal academic writing sample (writing prompt found in application)
  • International students will be required to submit scores from the TOEFL 

Additional admissions requirements established by the UAB Graduate School include: completion of a Bachelor's degree (or higher) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in junior and senior level course work. The GRE is not required.

Please see the "FAQ" page (link at right) for answers to frequently asked admissions questions.

Application and Admissions Process

The steps below provide a general guideline of the MSW Program application and admissions process:

  • Applications are accepted beginning December 1 of each year.
  • All admissions decisions will be communicated via email by the UAB Graduate School approximately to 60 - 90 days after submission.
  • Applications submitted by February 1 will receive priority in admission and selection of field placement.
  • The final application deadline is May 1.
  • Applications must be marked as complete by the UAB Graduate School and include ALL required materials (listed above) in order to be reviewed by our Admissions Committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are uploaded by the deadline.

NOTE: All transcripts should be submitted directly to the Graduate School during the application process. For questions about the application, transcripts, or to resolve technical difficulties pertaining to the application process, contact the Graduate School by phone at (205) 934-8227 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To begin the application process click on the “Graduate School Application” button below.

Graduate School Application

Advanced Standing

Students who hold a bachelor of Social Work degree from a BSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may be admitted to the MSW program with advanced-standing status. The required coursework is completed over three semesters (Fall/Spring/Fall).