History-Making: GRE No Longer Required for MSW

History-Making: GRE No Longer Required for MSW
History-Making: GRE No Longer Required for MSW

In 2003, Florida State University took the lead as the first worldwide to launch a CSWE accredited online MSW program. Now rated No. 33 among top graduate schools nationwide, Florida State’s MSW program offers a robust curriculum across the country. 

Until recently, prospective students had to register and take the GRE for entry. The College of Social Work has updated its GRE policy, no longer requiring the exam as a standard admissions process. 

A Closer Look at Admissions

What Documents are Required?

Applying to a graduate program is competitive- working with an Admissions Advisor will help you determine if you meet eligibility requirements and how to put your best foot forward.

All candidates present unique criteria that are reviewed when they apply. The College of Social Work requires submission of the following:

  • A completed online application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/ CV
  • Three professional or academic references
  • Undergraduate transcripts

Each document sheds light on your potential as a graduate student: The Statement of Purpose demonstrates your writing skills, your resume highlights accomplishments, references vouch for your professional or academic abilities, and transcripts verify that your GPA is above the standard 3.0.

What about the GRE?

The GRE is no longer required for all applicants- however, in some cases, students may still need to take the exam. Those demonstrating exceptional performance (e.g., high GPAs, related work experience, success during other graduate programs) do not have to take the GRE.

If you meet one of the following, you will not be required to take the GRE for MSW admissions. If you are applying for a joint pathway program (i.e., MSW/MBA, MSW/MPA, MSW/MS Criminology), please consult the other program for GRE requirements. Approval of the GRE Waiver Request does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • Five years or more of social work experience in a traditional social work agency providing direct service delivery or macro services and a 3.0 undergraduate upper division GPA (advanced standing or traditional students) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A completed Master's, J.D., M.D. or Ph.D. degree with a 3.0 (or better) cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A 3.5 or higher undergraduate cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Any earned or anticipated baccalaureate degree from Florida State University, with a 3.25 upper division GPA at time of application.

If you do not meet one of the above criteria, you are still eligible for admissions consideration. An official GRE score will be required along with your supplemental application materials.

If you want to learn more about eligibility and if the GRE will be waived from your application, contact an Advisor today.

Partnering with an Advisor

Each student has a unique set of strengths and circumstances. Florida State has a dedicated team of advisors and staff who are ready to answer your questions, especially those concerning the GRE. Contacting an online Admissions Advisor will help you determine:

  • If you meet the criteria to have the GRE waived from your application
  • What your strengths are as an applicant and how to apply
  • How Florida State’s online MSW program can help you advance your career goals

Furthering your education is an investment. Florida State offers a student-centric experience starting with your advisor, so you can be confident taking the first step as a leader of social change. 


Questions about the GRE?

Speak with an Advisor to learn more about your eligibility and how to apply.


Watch this brief video to learn more about our nationally-ranked MSW program:

“The online program allows some students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain an MSW degree to do so, getting wonderful experience along the way. I have met many students at graduation who have been so pleased with their experience at Florida State University, College of Social Work."  - Fran Gomory, Director of the MSW Program