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ADMISSION CRITERIA

What are the admission criteria?
Advanced Standing

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher in all upper division coursework (including any previous graduate-level course work)
  • Study in the following liberal arts disciplines:  English, speech, philosophy, history and the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences.

Note:  Applicants may be instructed to continue their study of specific disciplines in the liberal arts as a condition of admission. 

Traditional Program

  • Bachelor’s degree in any major**
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher in all upper division coursework (including any previous graduate-level course work)
  • Study in the following liberal arts disciplines:  English, speech, philosophy, history and the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences.

**Note: Applicants may be instructed to continue their study of specific disciplines in liberal arts as a condition of admission to the program.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the MSW program if uncertain as to whether previous coursework satisfies admission prerequisites.

Are there any required prerequisite courses?
As of Fall, 2015 Human Biology is no longer a prerequisite

What qualifies an applicant for advanced standing admission?
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program may be eligible for advanced standing. 

Do any undergraduate courses count towards the degree?
No.

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 social work program 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?
No.


APPLICATION PROCESS

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

When can I start the program?
This depends on whether you are admitted to the Traditional Program or Advanced Standing Program (individuals having earned a BSW degree from CSWE-accredited program are eligible for Advanced Standing).  If you’re admitted to the Traditional Program, your initial enrollment will be in the Fall.  If you’re admitted to the Advanced Standing Program, you may begin the program in either Summer or Fall (depending on whether you’re a full-time or part-time student). 

Advanced Standing Program
Summer and Fall semesters 
Traditional Program
Fall semester

What are the application deadlines?
Admission is rolling, but to allow sufficient time to have your application reviewed and for the best field placements, please submit all materials no later than June 30th for the fall semester and  April 30th for the Advanced Standing admission in the summer semester.

Can I transfer graduate credit from another graduate Social Work program?
A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours may be transferred from other accredited institutions at the discretion of the Social Work program director.   Hours accepted for transfer must contribute to the student’s program of study and be preapproved by the program director.

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

What should be included in the Personal Statement?  How long should the statement be?
The personal statement should be 2 to 3 pages in length and include:

  • the applicant’s individual qualifications and motivations for entering the field of social work
  • his or her areas of special interest in terms of the fields of practice and special populations
  • the applicant’s ability to collaborate with others
  • his or her readiness to learn in the classroom and in the field practicum.

Can I start the program in the Spring?
No.


TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

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 www.fafsa.com.  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 www.studentloans.gov 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?
No.


PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND FORMAT

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, day time, 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 in the day, evening and on weekends.  Several courses each semester are taught on an intensive weekend basis.  These courses typically meet only once per month.  Weekend courses meet from 6-9 pm on Friday, followed by 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, one weekend per month.

How long do classes last?
All classes are 16-week sessions. 

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 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.  However, 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 or students may be necessary in order to complete MSW studies within program guidelines. 

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).