Question: What are the GPA requirements for online MSW programs?

Answer: GPA requirements vary by graduate school and range from a minimum GPA of 2.5 to 3.5

For traditional programs, the majority of graduate schools require a GPA of 3.0 or greater to apply (42 of the 62 programs). However, some of these schools will still allow students with a GPA lower than 3.0 to apply if they have taken the GRE (see the GPA table below for more information).

[Please note: The majority of universities have a selective admissions process for MSW programs that are online, meaning that even if a student meets the minimum requirements for the program, they are not guaranteed admission.]

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GPA Requirements for Advanced Standing Online MSW Programs

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the main accrediting body for BSW and MSW programs. For students who have already earned a Bachelor of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited undergraduate program, the majority of GPA table below for more information). The only programs that have a GPA requirement lower than 3.0 are Case Western Reserve University, Winthrop University, Fordham University, West Virginia University, University of Denver, and Western New Mexico University . Advanced standing programs often have stricter admission criteria when compared to traditional programs.

BSW students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for an advanced standing program, may still be eligible to earn a MSW degree through a traditional program.

For students who are not sure about their qualifications, we recommend contacting universities before applying to determine your chances for admission.

GPA Requirements by Online Master of Social Work Program

Click on the school name for more information about their programs, admission requirements and eligibility restrictions.

Traditional Programs (63)

Traditional Programs (63)
School Name Structure of Program1 Program Options Minimum GPA GRE Requirements
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 Not required
Arizona State University 100% Online FT & PT Not listed GRE or MAT Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.2
Boise State University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 preferred Not required
Boston University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
California State University, Northridge 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 (2.8 may be considered) Not required
Campbellsville University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Capella University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
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Columbia University 100% Online FT & PT No Minimum GPA Not required
Delaware State University 100% Online FT 2.75 Not required
Edinboro University 100% Online FT 3.0 Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.0
Florida State University 100% Online PT 3.0 GRE required unless conditions are met
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George Mason University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 Not required but recommended if GPA is below 3.0
Indiana University 100% Online FT & PT Unlisted Not required
Louisiana State University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not Required
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online FT & PT Unspecified Not required
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
Morgan State University 100% Online FT 3.0 (2.5 on Conditional Basis) Not required
New Mexico State University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Ohio State University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0, Lower Considered Case by Case Not required
Ohio University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online PT 2.5 or 3.0 for last 60 credit hours Not required
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 2.75 Undergraduate or 3.0 Graduate Not required
Rutgers University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Samford University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 or 3.2 for last 60 credits. 2.8 considered with GRE Not required
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 2.5 Not required
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Temple University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 Not required
Texas A&M University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 or Submit GRE Required for GPA under 3.0
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
The Catholic University of America 100% Online PT Unspecified Not required
Tulane University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online PT Unspecified Not required
University of Alaska Anchorage Limited Campus Visits Required FT & PT 3.0 Preferred Not required
University of Central Florida 100% Online PT Unspecified Not required
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University of Georgia 100% Online PT 3.0 Not Required
University of Houston 100% Online PT 3.0 GRE required
University of Iowa 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of Kentucky 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
University of Louisville 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
University of Missouri 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online 8 Semesters 3.0 or 3.25 for last 60 credits Not required
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of New Hampshire 100% Online FT Not Specified Not required
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 Not required
University of Northern Iowa 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of South Florida 100% Online PT 3.0 Not Required
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online FT & PT 2.7, 3.0 in graduate coursework Not required
University of Texas - Arlington 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.0
University of Utah 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Walden University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
West Virginia University 100% Online PT 2.75 Not required
Western Kentucky University 100% Online PT 3.0 for last 60 credits Not required
Western New Mexico University 100% Online FT & PT 2.75 Not required
Widener University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Winthrop University 100% Online FT 2.8 for last 60 credits GRE or GMAT required
Yeshiva University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required

1All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

Last updated: March 2020

Advanced Standing Programs (58)

Advanced Standing Programs (58)
School Name Structure of Program2 Program Options Minimum GPA GRE Requirements
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 Not required
Boise State University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 preferred Not required
Boston University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Campbellsville University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not Required
Capella University 100% Online Unspecified 3.0 Not Required
Sponsored: Case Western Reserve University 100% Online PT 2.7 Only required for students with a GPA lower than 2.7
Columbia University 100% Online PT No Minimum GPA Not required
Delaware State University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Edinboro University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Florida State University 100% Online PT 3.0 GRE required unless conditions are met
Sponsored: Fordham University 100% Online FT & PT 2.6 Not required
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.5 Not required
Indiana University 100% Online FT & PT Unlisted Not required
Louisiana State University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online FT & PT Unspecified Not required
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not Required
Morgan State University 100% Online FT 3.0 (2.5 on Conditional Basis) Not required
New Mexico State University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not Required
Ohio State University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0, lower considered case by case Not required
Ohio University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required FT 3.0 Not required
Rutgers University 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
Samford University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 or 3.2 for last 60 credits. 2.8 considered with GRE Not required
Texas A&M University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 or Submit GRE Required for GPA under 3.0
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
The Catholic University of America 100% Online PT Unspecified Not required
Tulane University 100% Online FT 3.3 with a 3.0 in each substantial course Not required
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of Alaska Anchorage Limited Campus Visits Required FT & PT 3.0 (3.5 in BSW core courses) Not required
University of Arkansas 100% Online FT 3.0 Not required
University of Arkansas, Little Rock 100% Online PT 3.0 GRE required
University of Central Florida 100% Online PT 3.3 Not required
University of Houston 100% Online PT 3.0 GRE required
University of Iowa 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of Kentucky 100% Online FT 3.0, 3.5 in Social Work Courses Not required
University of Louisville 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 (3.25 in Social Work Courses) Not required
University of Missouri 100% Online PT 3.0 Not required
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online 4 Semesters 3.0 or 3.25 for last 60 credits Not required
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Accelerated & PT 3.0 Not required
University of New Hampshire 100% Online FT 3.2 Not required
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required PT 3.0 Not required
University of Northern Iowa 100% Online PT 3.0, 3.25 in Graduate Courses Not required
University of South Florida 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not Required
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
University of Texas - Arlington 100% Online FT 3.0 Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.0
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online FT 3.2 Not required
Walden University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required
West Virginia University 100% Online PT 2.75, 3.25 preferred for social work courses Not required
Western Kentucky University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 for last 60 credits Not required
Western New Mexico University 100% Online FT & PT 2.75 Not required
Widener University 100% Online PT 3.0, 3.25 in social work courses Not required
Winthrop University 100% Online FT 2.8 for last 60 credits GRE or GMAT required
Yeshiva University 100% Online FT & PT 3.0 Not required

2All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

Last updated: March 2020

Program options include full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) programs. Most full-time online MSW programs designed for traditional students take two years to complete, whereas part-time programs typically take two and a half to four years to complete depending on the program.

Last updated: April 2020