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What are the admission criteria?
Advanced Standing

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher in all coursework (including any previous graduate-level course work).

(Applicants who are still completing their BSW are welcome to apply.  Acceptance may be conditional, requiring a final transcript showing the BSW posted.)

Traditional Program

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, in any major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher in all coursework (including any previous graduate-level course work)

(Applicants who are still completing their undergraduate education are welcome to apply.  Acceptance may be conditional, requiring a final transcript showing an undergraduate degree posted.)

Are there any required prerequisite courses?

What qualifies an applicant for Advanced Standing admission?
Applicants with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program can apply for Advanced Standing. 

Do any undergraduate courses count towards the degree?

What if I don’t have a 3.0 GPA?
Applicants not meeting the minimum GPA requirements for unconditional admission may still be considered for admission with other evidence of ability to complete the program of study.  Contact the Director of the Master of Social Work program (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for specifics.

Is the GRE or an interview required?
No.  However, interviews and the GRE are sometimes used selectively when applicants do not meet the minimum admission requirements. 

Am I required to have work experience?



How do I apply?
Click on the following link to access the application process page:  MSW Application Process

When can I start the program?
Students admitted to the Traditional/Generalist Program are able to start the MSW program in the fall semester.  Students admitted as Advanced Standing (applicants having earned a BSW degree from CSWE-accredited program) are able to start in either the summer or fall semester. 

Advanced Standing Program
Summer and Fall semesters 
Traditional/Generalist Program
Fall semester

What are the application deadlines?
The Newman University MSW program uses rolling admission.  To allow sufficient time to have your application reviewed and for the best field placements, applications for Full-Time enrollment should be submitted no later than June 30th for the fall semester and  April 30th for the Advanced Standing admission in the summer semester.  Applications for Part-Time enrollment should be submitted no later than July 31.

Can I transfer graduate credit from another graduate Social Work program?
A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours may be transferred from other CSWE-accredited institutions at the discretion of the Master of Social Work Program Director and the Graduate Program Director.  

Are the forms provided the only acceptable format for the letter of recommendation?

What should be included in the Personal Statement?  How long should the statement be?

The Personal Statement must be in essay form and no more than 4-5 pages (12 pt. font, double-spaced). The order in which you answer the questions will be guided by your personal writing style; however, each area should be addressed.

  1. Motivation for Social Work/Career Goals– Discuss any significant personal and professional factors that impacted your choice to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Identify your professional goals and discuss how an MSW from Newman University will help you achieve those goals. Include reflections on your strengths and limitations in relation to professional social work.
  2. Social Work Values & Ethics – Describe your understanding of the core values and ethics of the social work profession. Discuss your personal values and any potential conflicts you may have with professional social work values and ethics as well as how you plan to address these conflicts.
  3. Professional Experience –Identify any volunteer or paid social work-related experiences and discuss how they have prepared you for a professional career in social work. Include your experiences and feelings about working with diverse populations.
  4. Professional Well-Being– Discuss your plan for managing the rigors of graduate work and juggling multiple responsibilities such as work, family, school and internship.

Please submit your personal statement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Can I start the program in the Spring?



What is the cost of attendance?
Click here link for tuition and fee information. Click here for financial aid information.

How many credit hours must I be enrolled in to qualify for financial aid?
Enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours is required for the Fall and Spring semesters, and is considered full-time for graduate students. (For the summer semester, enrollment in at least 3 credit hours qualifies for financial aid). 

What financial aid is available?  Are there any scholarships?
Unsubsidized federal loans are available, up to a maximum of $20,500 per academic year. Graduate Plus loans may also be available. Check with the Newman University Financial Aid office (316-942-4291, ext. 2103) for additional information. Scholarships are not available through Newman University. 

How do I apply for federal financial aid (A Stafford Student Loan)?
A student will need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at  After Newman has received the FAFSA, an award letter will be mailed to the student or will be available to accept online through JetStream.  First time borrowers will need to complete two online forms at which are the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.

If my employer provides tuition reimbursement, what do I need to do?
Newman University offers a tuition reimbursement policy which allows you to delay all or a portion of your tuition payment.  Click here to review the policy information and instructions.

Does Newman University offer payment plans?
Yes.  Students may enroll in a monthly payment plan through NBS e-Cashier Automatic Payment Program.   The following is a link to information on the payment plan program:  Newman Payment Plan Information

Does Newman offer any scholarships for Social Work students?



How many credits does it take to complete the program?

Advanced Standing Program
34 credit hours of coursework, which includes 10 semester credit hours of fieldwork and related integrative seminars 

Traditional Program
62 credit hours of coursework, which includes 20 credit hours of fieldwork and related integrative seminars

How long do I have to complete the program?
Six years 

Are classes offered online or on-campus?
Classes are offered in person in both Wichita and Colorado Springs. Occasionally, an online class may be offered. 

What does the course schedule look like?
Click here for the Traditional Program.
Click here for the Advanced Standing Program.

Where can I find a course schedule?
Click here for the interactive course schedule. Select the term and “Social Work” for the Department and click “Search” to display the current schedule.  

Please note that information regarding required textbooks can be found by clicking on “Materials” in the far right column of the interactive course schedule. 

How long does it take to complete the program?
Advanced Standing Program
Full time:  1 year over 3 continuous semesters
Part-time: 2 years over 6 continuous semesters

Traditional Program
Full-time students:  2 years over 5 continuous semesters
Part-time students: 4 years over 11 continuous semesters

When are courses offered?
Wichita - Most courses are offered in the evening in addition to conventional daytime academic hours. It is possible that time conflicts between scheduled classes and external work obligations can occur.  While some level of accommodation is possible in such situations, the MSW program cannot accommodate all possible conflicts.  Some degree of flexibility on the part of employers and students may be necessary to complete MSW studies within program guidelines. 

Colorado - Courses are offered on afternoons and evenings, accommodate working students.  

How long do classes last?
All classes are 16-week semesters.  Classes typically each meet once per week, for three hours. 

Where can I find course descriptions?
Link to online course catalog: View Social Work course requirements and descriptions online

What does the Newman Social Work program offer that others don’t?
Newman University offers students a rigorous, supportive and individualized education both in the classroom and in the field with a trauma-competent focus. Fieldwork sites are available for students at major social service agencies, hospitals and clinics in Kansas and Colorado.

What are the options for pursuing the MSW while continuing to work?
Part-time study is available for both Traditional and Advanced Standing students.  Most courses are offered in the evening in addition to conventional academic hours, to meet the needs of working students.

Is the program accredited?
Yes.  The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the HLC (Higher Learning Commission) of the North Central Association (NCA).