Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD
Director, Master of Social Work Program
Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW
Director, Bachelor of Social Work Program
Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW
Field Education Director
Our social justice-centered community-based clinical MSW program will prepare you for advanced clinical social work practice. You will be trained to engage in all aspects of social work practice, including psychotherapy and counseling, crisis intervention, case management, client-centered advocacy, consultation, supervision, and organizational management. At our program, you will study with faculty who are passionate about social justice and who are engaged in research, teaching and practice that aim to produce social change. You will gain critical knowledge of contemporary theories and evidence-based practice to understand the interconnection between personal struggles and structural oppression and develop exemplary clinical and advocacy skills to work with individuals, families and groups.
Yes, the Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
For the 2020-2021 academic year, each credit costs $715. 2 Year MSW students need 66 credits graduate so they can expect to pay $47,190 for the entire program. Students in the Advanced Standing Program need 39 credits to graduate, thus they can expect to pay $27,885. This cost is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Other questions regarding your tuition and student account can be directed to the Student Financial Services Office at FinancialServices@seattleu.edu or 206-220-8020.
The average of our graduating classes is about 29 (this average combines Advanced Standing and 2-Year programs).
No, the MSW program is designed for students to attend full-time day classes and field practicum placements for the duration of the program.
Transcripts cannot be directly attached to the online application. They need to be sent from your prior college to the Seattle University Office of Graduate Admissions (or, delivered in person by the applicant).
No, we do not have a form that allows applicants to authorize transcripts to be sent to us. Transcript ordering procedures vary from one institution to another and we suggest connecting with your prior institution to gain specific instructions.
All official transcripts should be sent to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admission
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
If your prior institution has the ability to send electronic official transcripts, please have them emailed to:
To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to our office via the applicant as long as it remains in its original unopened university envelope. We do also accept official electronic transcripts that are password protected.
*We recognize that many universities in areas impacted by COVID-19 are currently closed and students may be unable to obtain transcripts and other academic credentials at this time. Currently, we can review and make admissions decisions with unofficial copies of transcripts. Attach scanned copies with your application or email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have already submitted an application. This provision is currently for applicants to the 2020 cohort and we will require official transcripts by the time classes begin in the Fall.
You can reach the Office of Graduate Admissions at email@example.com or by calling 206.220.8010.
Advanced standing is designed for students who have completed their BSW or BASW within the last five years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Applicants are required to have earned a “B” (3.0) in each of their required social work courses. Advanced standing allows students to complete their MSW in ten months. Those with advanced standing will enter as a second-year student in the summer, and then move directly into an advanced clinical field internship in September and graduate the following June.
Yes. You may apply but you must supply us with a transcript listing all completed and in-process courses. A final, official copy of your transcript listing the degree earned must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by July 1st. Offers of admission are contingent upon successful completion of your undergraduate degree.
Advanced standing applicants must provide at minimum one letter of reference from the BSW program attended, and two other letters of recommendation. These two letters will depend on the opportunities you may or may not have had to work or volunteer in human service settings either on campus or in your community. Letters from friends, co-workers or family members are highly discouraged.
The priority deadine for each year is January 20. We do accept applicants after this date, but they will be reviewed after priority applicants. For the 2020 start term, we are accepting applications until April 15, 2020.
Applicants with degrees from non-graded institutions may be required to submit official GRE scores in lieu of a GPA. For more information, please visit the Graduate Admissions website or contact the Social Work Program Coordinator.
Official transcripts are required for admission to both MSW programs. To get those transcripts, you should contact the prior colleges you have attended to request transcripts be sent to Seattle University. Please note attention to the Graduate Admissions office as this is the office that will process the transcript.
Completion of a statistics course (college level) with a passing grade is required for enrollment as a Two-Year MSW student. Students may apply to the program prior to completing their statistics course.
As per the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Education Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) 3.1.5, the MSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experiences or previous work experience.
This chart should answer your questions. If it does not, please contact Graduate Admissions.
Graduate, General Admission
Graduate, ECLB Program
TOEFL (Internet) | SU Code: 4695
Pearson Test of English
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be accepting the Duolingo English Test. The minimum score required for regular admission is 110. Scores between 95-105 will be sufficient to enter through our English Language Cultural Bridge program The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken on-demand in under an hour at a cost of $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Seattle University when your results are sent. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
All assignments are made by the Field Director after the student completes a practicum application and interviews with the Field Director or designee. This is the time to let the Field Director know of any special circumstances or interests regarding placement. The placement match is completed when both the agency and the student notify the Field Director that the placement is accepted.
No, agencies must be vetted by the Seattle University Field Education Program and agree to the educational goals, outcomes and field policies of the Field Education Program. The Field Education Director will work with you to find a placement that matches your goals.
It is preferable that students experience different agencies and populations during their social work education. In some cases, however, it is possible to have a placement at a current work site. Requests of this nature should be directed to the Field Director for further discussion.
Paid field placements are rare. Work-study may be available if a student is made eligible by Seattle University and the agency provides a work-study opportunity.
Yes, you will complete a criminal history background check along with your application to the program. Additionally, some agencies may require the student to complete the agency’s own background check or drug screening. Having a criminal history may not keep you from being placed. Disclosure to the Field Director can help in the placement process.
The field education program links with agencies in the greater King county area that is willing and able to provide the student with an enriched and rigorous experience with a diversity of clients. The agency must also commit to providing a vetted MSW staff person to act as the student’s supervisor and mentor. Besides providing growth experiences, the supervisor must commit to spending a minimum of 1 hour/ week in supervision with the student. See the MSW Field Practicum 2019-20 for more information and the web site for application forms.
People with a strong desire to further social work education experience for emerging social work professionals are urged to apply with the Seattle University MSW and BSW Field Program. To supervise and mentor MSW students, an agency social worker must have a MSW degree for at least two (2) years and have worked in the agency for a minimum of 6 months. A social worker with a BSW and years social work experience may supervise BSW students. After application and acceptance by the Field Director, the new practicum instructor must attend Seattle University’s New Practicum Instructor Orientation and Training; this is regardless of whether they have been affiliated with other social work programs.
There is a well-defined placement process for students described in the field manual. This includes information that students may not find their own placements but follow established procedures; this includes the information that both students and agencies will interview only the student matched by the Field Placement Committee.
Students rely on and look forward to their supervision sessions with the practicum instructor. If the practicum instructor is not able to make the scheduled supervision time, the student should be notified and a plan to reschedule made. If leave is to be away from the office, it is the practicum instructor’s responsibility to provide for substitute supervisory support for the student. If the absence will be for a long period of time, the Field Director must be informed, ahead of time.
Yes, but you must adhere to the application, orientation, training and vetting policies for each social work program. Click here to navigate to the agency application.