Admission to the Social Work program is restricted to the fall term only. Each fall, roughly 120 new students enter the MSW program and approximately 6-8 enter into our Ph.D. program. Admission to the Luskin School of Social Work is competitive. The selection process includes a holistic evaluation of each applicant’s demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, practitioner and leader in the social work field.
The Department of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to:
- Train the next generation of change agents
- Lead the development of knowledge for the profession
- Strengthen social institutions and services in Los Angeles and beyond
Areas of Concentration in the MSW program include:
Admissions Requirements – MSW
Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission:
Application Process – MSW
Begin your application to the Master of Social Welfare.
Students applying to the Combined MSW/PhD program should use the PhD application checklist.
The MSW Program at UCLA seeks to educate:
- skilled practitioners with a solid foundation in theory, research and social policy
- future leaders of the field of social welfare
- change agents in the profession of social work and the communities they serve
The program also seeks applicants experienced in working with diverse groups around issues of social justice.
Send official transcripts to:
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Social Welfare Admissions
3250 Public Affairs Building, Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656.
Required courses can be taken at any community college.
Courses may be in progress during the application process. However, all courses must be completed by the end of spring quarter to be considered for admission.
In some cases, proof of enrollment may be required and/or a letter from the instructor stating that the applicant is on track to complete the course with a grade B or better.
Application Process – PHD
Deadline for completed applications: January 10.
Our doctoral program receives numerous applications from highly qualified applicants around the world. The majority of our admitted students have an MSW degree but we also accept students with a master’s degree in a related field (such as public policy or psychology). The doctoral committee seeks applicants who have a commitment to a research career in social welfare and who show great scholarly promise. Applications are assessed individually based on all components of the portfolio. Contact with potential faculty mentors is invited, but not required for admission to our program.
For applicants to the MSW/PhD program, please note that space in this program is often limited to 1-2 students per year. The admissions committee may refer some very well qualified combined applicants to the MSW program, with an option to reapply to the PhD program in the future.
For technical information regarding admissions to the doctoral program, please contact Tiffany Bonner firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the program as a whole, view our Social Welfare PhD page or contact Ian Holloway, doctoral program chair at Holloway@luskin.ucla.edu.
Although a personal interview is not normally required as part of the application procedure, it may be arranged at the request of the doctoral committee. Applicants will be notified in writing as soon as possible regarding decisions on admission.
The department should be notified immediately of any change of plans or address after the application is submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
|Application Codes||Code Numbers|
|UC Major Code for Social Welfare||864|
|GRE Institution Code for UCLA||R4837|
|GRE Department Code for Social Welfare||5001|
|TOEFL Institution Code||4837|
|TOEFL Department Code||95|
Can non-residents, non-visa holds apply to the Social Welfare Program?
Yes! There are no citizenship restrictions to apply.
Are Undocumented/DACAmented applicants evaluated differently than legal residents?
No. Background information and residency/citizenship status are not part of the application review process and have absolutely no bearing on an applicant’s admission decision.
What resources are available to Undocumented/DACAmented students at UCLA?
UCLA is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their citizenship status, are receiving the resources that they need. The Undocumented Students Program serves as a hub to provide resources and support to all Undocumented/DACAmented students.
What financial aid is available to Undocumented/DACAmented students?
All financial aid opportunities are available to Undocumented/DACAmented students. All departmental merit based fellowships, TAships, and RAships do not have citizenship as a requirement. For need based aid, applicants should fill out a Dream Act application instead of a FAFSA.
Are there different application requirements for Undocumented/DACAmented students?
No. The application is the same for all applicants. The welcome screen of the application will provide additional guidelines to those who are uncertain how to discuss their citizenship status.
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Have additional questions? Want to see if you are a good fit for our program? Feel free to contact Tiffany Bonner, our Recruitment, Admissions, and Advising Officer, with any questions or to set up an appointment. You can reach Tiffany via email at email@example.com