Admitting Transfer Students to the M.S.W. Program
Application deadline for transfer students is April 2, 2019.
A “transfer student” is an applicant to the School of Social Work who has been enrolled as an M.S.W.-degree-seeking student at another M.S.W. program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
- A transfer applicant must follow the same application procedure as all other applicants to the M.S.W. program.
- A transfer applicant must include a letter from the Director of Graduate Studies of the program from which they are transferring that indicates the applicant is a student in good standing at the time of transfer.
- The number of credits a transfer student can transfer in has changed. Transfer students, defined as transferring from one CSWE-accredited program to our program, can bring in up to 40% of their credits - or 21 credits for full program, and 13 credits for students with advanced standing.
- A transfer applicant with advanced standing is subject to the same restrictions on advanced standing eligibility as other applicants.
- A full-program transfer applicant must include the field-placement evaluation received at the first school. Admission may be contingent on review of the final field evaluation.
Policies for Transferring Credits
A full program (50 credit) student may transfer a total of 8 semester credits into her/his M.S.W. degree program. A student with advanced standing may transfer a total of 6 semester credits into her/his degree program. All transferred courses must have a grade of B (3.0) or higher.
Transferred credits may be from the following sources (all credits expressed as semester credits):
- Up to 6 or 8 credits (depending on status as full-program or advanced-standing) of graduate level course work from non-degree seeking student status at the University of Minnesota or from a graduate program to which the student was admitted at another accredited college or university. These credits are generally completed before a student enrolls in the M.S.W. program.
- Up to 3 graduate credits from another college or university's graduate social work or related program, without admission to that program, with permission from the M.S.W. Program director. Courses transferred from another school of social work must offer material in a perspective not available through the curriculum offered by the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. These credits can be completed after a student has matriculated in the M.S.W. program.
- The total of 6 or 8 semester credits can be from a single source or from different sources, as identified above, but may not exceed the limit of 6 or 8 credits, depending on the student’s status.
Courses from the following sources cannot be transferred to the M.S.W. program:
- No more than 3 credits of graduate courses from other schools or universities unless the student was admitted to a graduate program at that school or university and the course was part of that program.
- Credit from undergraduate courses (if the student takes social work courses as an undergraduate and therefore credit is not transferable, waiver of core course and substitution of an elective to meet the M.S.W. credit requirement may be possible after approval of and discussion with adviser and M.S.W. Program director).
- 5000-level courses that have not been approved for graduate credit.
- Courses with grades below B (3.0).
In accordance with accreditation guidelines from the Council on Social Work Education, the School of Social Work does not give academic credit for life experiences, including field internships.