Progressive MSW Program

Program Overview

Designed specifically for University of Southern California undergraduate students, this program allows a student to earn both their undergraduate and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees in as few as five years. Eligible applicants should have completed between 64 and 96 total units of undergraduate coursework (excluding AP, IB, or transfer units earned prior to graduation from high school), with an overall 3.3 university grade point average or higher. Applicants are admitted to our campus-based MSW program for the fall term. After successful submission of an Application for Admission to a Progressive Master’s Program, each applicant will be required to submit a statement of purpose. The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to interview with the MSW Chair and Field Education Director.

Undergraduate students who have completed, or are in the process of completing, the Suzanne Dworak-Peck’s Juvenile Justice minor are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants who have completed the Juvenile Justice minor will only need to complete the remaining 48 units out of the 60 normally required for the MSW program. We also welcome applications from all other undergraduate students, who will complete 51 or 54 of the 60 units required for the MSW.

Program Highlights

Format: Full-time, Campus-Based

Length: 2 or 3 years

Term: Fall admissions only

GPA requirement: 3.3

Required Materials

  • Application for Admission
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 500-word essay: Describe your understanding of the social work profession and its core values. Your essay should address the following two questions: How have you incorporated social work values in to your prior human service experiences and interactions with others? What has motivated you to enter the field?
  • Interview Required: The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to interview with the MSW Chair and Field Education Director.

Application Form

USC Progressive Degree Program
Program Eligibility and Application Instructions for Juniors (fillable PDF)

Scholarship Opportunity

A select number of scholarships will be awarded annually to students in the Progressive MSW program. For more information, please contact Monica Ellis or Necole Yaacoub.