Admission Requirements

Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply to the Master of Social Work program. Students admitted to the graduate social work program may be admitted with generalist status or advanced standing status, depending on the major or discipline associated with their bachelor's degree. Students requesting admission to the program with either status must demonstrate the following:
  • Background check, as explained on the Social Work application website. (Any applicant with a felony involving moral terpitude will not be admitted to the program. Prospective applicants with any felony background may be asked to provide additional information to be considered for admittance. An applicant may be denied admittance if such background would mean the applicant is unable to be licensed as a social worker in Idaho.)
  • Proof of academic achievement. A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is a prerequisite for admission to the Northwest Nazarene University Graduate Social Work program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is expected with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the applicant's major field of study. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.75 may be considered for admission provided that the GPA from the junior and senior years of their baccalaureate program is 3.0 or higher. (Note: Prospective students who do not meet the GPA requirement for admission may be asked to provide additional information to be considered for admittance.)
  • Evidence of having successfully completed (grade of C or higher) a minimum of 21 semester credits from the following liberal arts areas: psychology, sociology, ecology, political science, law, economics, business, statistics, research, and oral or written communication.
  • Evidence of potential to practice social work, such as submission of evaluation material from field supervisors in the applicant's baccalaureate program, letters of recommendation from supervisors in professional employment settings (or full-time volunteer settings, e.g., VISTA), letters of recommendation from faculty in a related field of study (e.g., religion, psychology, sociology, etc.).
  • Personal statement/writing sample.
  • A basic knowledge of computer technology, including good word processing skills.
  • Strong evidence of a fit between the applicant, the program, and the field of social work as determined through review of application materials and participation in the departmental interview process.
Please note: Academic credit is not given for life or work experiences.