MSW Application Process

The application process includes seven steps. All seven steps of the application process must be completed for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. To apply for the Texas State University School of Social Work's Master of Social Work program, please follow the steps below. For additional assistance with this process, please review the Graduate College website

1. Submit an official application through ApplyTexas.

2. Submit a $40 application fee to The Graduate College at Texas State University.

3. Submit official transcripts to The Graduate College at Texas State University from each four-year college or university previously attended.

4. Review State Authorization for Distance or Correspondence Education website.

***Steps 1 through 4 must be completed prior to completing steps 5, 6 and 7***

5. Submit a comprehensive MSW Application Form (Initial Review Form) to the School of Social Work.

6. Submit an updated Resume.

7. Submit Statement of Purpose.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at  Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or emailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

Submission of the MSW Application Form only will be considered an incomplete application, and your application will not be reviewed.

The School of Social Work does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

PLEASE NOTE: All communication from the Graduate College and the School of Social Work (SSW) will be sent to the email address you provide on your ApplyTexas application. Therefore, you should provide an email address you can access permanently; and is not tied to your enrollment at a college or university or place of employment.

Important: The Foundation Regular Track is for students who do not hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited program but instead have a bachelor degree in another field of study. The Advanced Practice Leadership is for graduates of a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited BSW program with a BSW obtained within the last 10 years, or if more than 10 years ago, who hold a license in good standing.

Timing of Application

The School of Social Work Application Deadlines:



Summer February 1st
Fall March 1st
*Spring August 1st*





*The School of School of Social Work will continue to process applications received after the deadline for our program, on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. If the program is not listed as an option on Apply Texas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

See the Graduate College homepage for their application deadlines.

MSW Program Descriptions and Admission Requirements

Texas State School of Social Work (SSW) offers the MSW degree both on its San Marcos campus and online. These delivery options are for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in anything other than Social Work (Regular Track, which takes 62 credit hours), and for students who hold the BSW from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program (Advanced Standing, which is completed in 36 credit hours). Regular Track students take the Foundation Year of content, followed by Advanced Concentration content, where they join their Advanced Standing colleagues. The concentration the School offers is Advanced Practice Leadership (APL). Students may choose a full-time or part-time course of study. If a student takes the Regular Track program full-time, the student can complete the degree in about two years; taking it part-time means the student can complete in about four years. The full-time Advanced Standing sequence takes roughly one (1) year if full-time, or two (2) years if part-time.

The Online MSW Program offers a concentration (or major) in Advanced Practice Leadership (APL). It is fully (yes - 100%) online, and is a part-time course of study, offered either as a Regular Track program or an Advanced Standing program.  
Criteria for Admission

The School considers a number of criteria in selecting its MSW students:

  • The applicant's scholastic aptitude and skills, as indicated by grade point average from prior undergraduate and graduate education.
  • The applicant's paid work and volunteer history in the social services field.
  • The applicant’s motivation and aptitude for the profession of social work.
  • The applicant’s level of self-awareness, including strengths and limitations for social work practice.
  • The applicant's compatibility with professional values and the School mission.
  • Verified successful completion of courses in a) statistics from a human services perspective, and b) human biology prior to enrollment. The School of Social Work offers a correspondence course "Human Biology for Social Workers" administered through the Office of Continuing Education that may be substituted for the human biology requirement.