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Admissions Requirements for the Advanced Standing MSW Program:

Admission requirements are the same as regular MSW admission requirements listed above except for the following:

  1. Student must have a BA or BSW in Social Work

  2. Students interested in the Advanced Standing Program must apply to the program within five years of graduation from an accredited BA/BSW program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.3 in social work courses.

  3. Student must have a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA

  4. Student must have a 3.3 GPA average in Social Work courses

Advanced Standing received approval and started being offered during Summer 2014. 

How to Apply for Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships:

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Social Work has a small number of assistantships available for full time students (usually 3-4) per year. Graduate assistantship applications are due March 1st. Both first and second year students are eligible to apply. First year students must also have completed all parts of the MSW application in order to be eligible.

In order to be eligible for an assistantship, students must:

  1. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  3. Work 10 or 20 hours per week for the department. This work usually takes the  form of assistance with faculty research projects.

  4. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and check "yes" in the work/study box. Graduate assistantships are merit based and students are eligible regardless of the FAFSA determination.

Receipt of a graduate assistantship in one year does not guarantee renewal in the second year. Students must reapply every year. To view or fill out a graduate assistantship application follow the links in the right-hand column.

The Department of Social Work has the option of offering either: (1) full GA positions that require 20 hours of work per week and pay full tuition and fees or (2) partial GA positions that require 10 hours of work per week and pay half tuition and fees. The scholarship/assistantship committee will review the applications in late March.



Part-time Master's Fellowships

The University of Memphis Graduate School awards Part-time Master's Fellowships to entering master's students. Awardees receive $1,500 ($750 per semester; this award does not include a tuition scholarship) and must maintain a 3.50 GPA to receive the second semester funding. These awards are limited to one year.

The Department of Social Work will nominate 1-2 students per year for the Part-Time Master's Fellowship. Extended study students must apply by March 1st to be considered for this fellowship. All extended study students with a complete application by March 1st will be considered for nomination by the admissions committee.

Click here for more information about the fellowship program.


Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

The School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy offers a Housing and Community Development Fellowship that is open to graduate students in the following areas of study:  Anthropology, City Planning, Public Administration and Social Work.

The fellows will receive a tuition and fee waiver from the UofM Graduate School, academic credit for a seminar course, and a stipend for 20 hours of work each week.

Click here for more information about the fellowship program.






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