Admissions & Requirements


1. Undergraduate Preparation including GPA

  • The Graduate School sets a 3.0 as the minimum GPA for admission to master's programs at UNC Charlotte and requires students to provide copies of unofficial transcripts for all institutions the applicant has attended.  Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 can still be considered for admission.  Applicants should keep in mind that the process is a competitive one.  It is rare that applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 are offered admission and usually those who are have other compelling evidence pointing to success (e.g., - GPAs very close to 3.0, extensive work experience, earned masters degree or graduate certificate in a related area).
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a liberal arts or sciences area in order to be eligible to apply to the program.  Examples include, but are not limited to: psychology, sociology, political science, human services, business, criminal justice, communications, and health systems management.

2. Recommendations

  • Three electronic recommendation forms must be completed by faculty members and/or human service professionals such as social workers and volunteer supervisors.
  • Advanced Standing applicants are encouraged to have their BSW Program Director or BSW Field Director (or equivalent role) submit a recommendation.
  • When submitting the recommendation forms, space will be provided for recommenders to upload a letter of support.  Letters of support are helpful in the review process but optional.

3. Relevant Volunteer and/or Paid Experience

  • Applicants are required to upload their resumes to the application system
  • The School of Social Work considers the applicant's familiarity with the social work field, leadership contributions, commitment to social justice/advocacy efforts, and the extent of community engagement (i.e. - length of commitment, types of activities, populations served) as described in the applicant's resume and Statement of Purpose.

4. Statement of Purpose - 2022 applicants
*The Statement of Purpose should be no more than six (6)  double-spaced pages.* Please respond to each prompt below in your essay.

  • Discuss (a) why you are interested in obtaining an MSW, (b) what population(s) or social problems you are interested in, (c) your reasons for seeking admission to the UNC Charlotte MSW Program specifically, and (d) what you specifically hope to learn about in the program that you don’t know now.  
  • Describe a social, economic, or environmental challenge in the NC/Charlotte region in which you have interest or a passionate commitment to make a difference.   Also, discuss how a social worker might intervene with this challenge.
  • Discuss (a) a challenging educational or professional situation you have experienced, (b) steps you took to navigate this situation, and (c) how your actions affected you and others in the situation.
  • Tell us about a professional or academic situation in the last 2 years when you received corrective feedback from a supervisor that you were not expecting.  Discuss how you personally processed this feedback and also how you specifically responded.
  • The MSW program is committed to dismantling oppression in order to increase equity, access, and inclusion for all people. Describe your own journey and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Describe your current schedule of work and home life family commitments.  Describe how you anticipate this schedule changing in order to accommodate 16 hours per week (typically Monday-Fridays from 8am-5pm) of field placement during years 2 and 3 of the program. 
  • Optional - Describe any extenuating circumstances that may have affected past academic performance and/or anything else you think it is important for the application reviewers to know when reviewing your application.

General Note: Academic credit is not given in the program for life experience, nor is life experience part of the admission decision making process. 

Note to International Applicants:
The UNC Charlotte Graduate School requires additional materials be submitted by international applicants such as TOEFL or IELTS scores.  Please read more about these requirements at: