M.A. in Nonprofit Organizations
Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
Dual Degree Programs
The priority deadline for the Part-time, Full-time and Advanced Standing programs is February 15th and for international students, February 1st . Completed applications received by those dates will ensure an earlier admission decision. Applications submitted after the deadlines will be considered on a space available basis.*Applications that are received after July 1st will not be considered for admission.. *Please let us know if your file remains incomplete due to transcript transfer problems that are out of your control. We may be able to help.
No. We have a specially designed program for students who have an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW) called the Advanced Standing Program. For all others, they are welcome to apply to our other programs. However, we do require that applicants have a liberal arts background. We will consider applicants with backgrounds outside of liberal arts if they include liberal arts course work. The undergraduate curriculum should include the following:
If you do have a BSW., please review the requirements for the Advanced Standing Program. You may be eligible.
Yes, but you can take the Miller Anthology Test (MAT) as an alternative. All applicants must take one of the two. No exceptions. We only admit from the applicants who have a completed file. The GRE or the MAT is necessary to complete your application. Please note: We do not require the quantitative section of the GRE, only the Verbal and Analytic (writing) portions. Additionally if you have completed at least one full semester in a degree-seeking graduate program at UGA, your scores will be accepted indefinitely.
The UGA Graduate School suggests a Verbal GRE score of 400 and a written, analytical score of 3.5. We do accept students with lower GRE scores, and welcome applications of all qualified persons with a sincere interest in social work. You can take the GRE once a month to improve your score. We recommend that you start early and repeat the test if you are not satisfied with your score. The Graduate School only uses the best of the two scores; so your score can never go down. It can only go up when you take it again.
GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old (counted to the end of the calendar year). If older than that, you must retake the test and submit more recent scores.
All of these factors go into helping the Admissions Committee make a decision about each candidate. All are important. The application form itself explains the documentation of these additional requirements.
Recently the overall average GPA for students admitted into the program is approximately 3.2. We do accept students with lower GPAs and welcome the applications of all qualified persons with a demonstrated interest in social work. The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission into the MSW Program is 2.75. The minimum GPA for Advanced Standing students is 3.2.
No. Submit your letters of recommendation with the School of Social work application included in the application packet.
We are looking for individuals who exhibit strong potential for developing professional competence, whose personal value system promotes social work core values such as social justice and an appreciation for human diversity and who have demonstrated academic promise to be able to perform successfully at the graduate level. The narrative statement is your opportunity to provide the Admissions Committee members with a clearer sense of who you are and what has motivated you to pursue a career in social work.
We do not grant social work course credit for these experiences.
Students with a bachelors degree in a field different from social work can only begin the MSW program in the Fall semester (beginning in August).
Students with a BSW earned from a CSWE-accredited program (within five years of admission) seeking admission into the Advanced Standing Full-Time program can only enroll in the Fall semester (beginning in August).
Yes, the UGA Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville, Ga., is geared especially for people who have been and are currently working in the human services in the Atlanta Metropolitan region.
No. You must indicate which of the two programs (full or part-time) you are applying for, on the MSW application. You may only apply for admission to one program.
In order for the BSW to qualify an applicant for admission into the advanced standing program, the following conditions must be met:
If your average social work classes do not meet this minimum, or if your BSW was obtained over five years ago you may still be accepted, but only to the Full-Time progam and not to the Advanced Standing program. Earning a BSW degree within the five year limit does not prevent you from admission to the regular program of study. However, you must specifically request this option. Exceptions to the five year rule are BSWs who have worked in a social work setting, which includes MSW staff and professional learning experiences. The limit for those applicants is ten years.
The UGA Gwinnett Campus is located at 2530 Sever Road, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043. Directions to the Gwinnett Campus are at https://gwinnett.uga.edu/prospective-students/visit-the-campus.
From Athens: About 50 minutes by car, via GA 316.
From downtown Atlanta: About 30-45 minutes by car.
Full-time, Regular Program, is about 2 years: 2 semesters during each of 2 academic years. Summer attendance is optional, but it does not shorten the program.
Part-time, Regular Program, is less than 3 years: 8 semesters including summers.
Full-time, Advanced Standing Program is about one year: 1 summer and 2 semesters.
Advanced Standing Full-Time Program: 40 semester hours.
Regular Program: 60 semester hours. (Same for both full time and part-time study.)
Full-time: About 15 hours per week, in the classroom/4 or 5 classes a week.
Part-time: About 9 hours per week, in the classroom/3 courses a week taken over three weeknights (or two nights and a weekend course in special cases).
For applications that have been completed by or before December 1st, a decision will be made by or before February 15th. Please note that often the G.R.E. delays completion of the file, so please take the exam well ahead of applying.
Transfers between the part-time and full-time programs are not encouraged. Exceptions to this rule are made when seats are open in the other program prior to entry into the program. Approval is required by the Director of the MSW Program.
Transfer students from other CSWE-accredited MSW programs may be admitted, depending upon the availability of space in our classes. Students may transfer in up to six graduate credits. Students who seek a transfer to our school of social work will have their transcripts individually evaluated by the Director of MSW Admissions and the Director of the MSW Program to assess which courses may be waived. Please note that while all foundation curriculm (first year) curiculum are similar in CSWE-accredited schools, there may also be differences which may result in a delay in completing a MSW degree at UGA. The Graduate School requires a 40 credit hour minimum taken at UGA to earn a masters degree Please address letters requesting such transfers to the Director of MSW Admissions, University of Georgia, School of Social Work, 279 Williams Street, Athens, GA 30602.