How to Apply

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program invites applications from prospective students who are committed to social work practice that includes services to the poor and oppressed in the urban environment and who will work to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination.  

All application materials must be submitted electronically online.  The following application task checklist will guide you through the process. In order for an application to be reviewed for admission all the materials must be received by the January 15 deadline.  We strongly urge you to apply as early as possible and to monitor your application carefully to ensure that all materials are submitted. If you have questions you may contact the MSW Office of Admissions at

Application Timeline

  • October 1, 2016

    UIC Online Application window opens

  • December 1, 2016

    Recommended deadline to Submit UIC Online Application

  • January 15, 2017

    Final deadline to submit all information for both applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., January 15.  

Application Task Checklist

  • Submit the UIC Online application

    Click here for Domestic and International applications.  Select MSW Social Work from the menu of Graduate & Professional programs. You must submit this application first to initiate the application process. Once submitted you will be directed to a confirmation page. A confirmation and Acknowledgment Letter from the UIC Office of Admission and Records will be emailed to inform you that the document upload page is available.

  • Submit your MSW Supplementary Application

    This application also includes:

    1.) Resume

    Cut and paste the information into this MSW Resume section.

    2.) Personal Statement

    Please Note: You must limit your typed responses to the allotted space. In addition you must answer all the questions at the time you complete the document. You will not have an opportunity to revise the statement once it is uploaded.

    Please follow these steps to complete the MSW Supplementary Application form and to ensure that the data is saved and uploaded properly to your application.

    1.) Download the form.

    2.) Save the file by going to “File” and then “Save As.” Select a place on your computer from where you will retrieve the file.

    3.) Complete the form.

    4.) Re-save and close the form.

    5.) Re-open the form and confirm the content is visible.

    6.) After confirming that the data was saved properly you may upload this form to your application.

    Please Note: The College recommends applications use “PC” rather than “Mac/Apple” products because of the difficulties experienced when using “Mac/Apple” products.

    Once you upload supplementary application,  this document can be verified as received by checking the “Received Date” in your application status and the “Status Field” which will state “Verified – Correct.” A missing received date and Any status other than “Verified Correct” may indicate that you must upload documents again or follow up with the UIC Office of Admissions and Records or the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Additional requests may be added after submitted items are reviewed by the UIC Office of Admissions or the program staff. Please be sure to check your application status on a regular basis

  • Submit References

    Submit the contact information for your references by using the reference form on your online application checklist. Once you submit the email addresses for your references the university will automatically contact the references by email to request an electronic letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by January 15.

    Please Note: References should be individuals who are qualified to assess your ability to successfully complete a graduate social work program and/or your ability to be a good social worker, consistent with the mission and values of the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Such individuals include work supervisors, volunteer supervisors, and academic advisers.

    Recent college graduates should have at least one instructor or someone who can attest your academic ability and performance.

    Individuals applying to the Advanced Standing Program Option should include at least one reference who can comment on your performance in your BSW field experience.

    Do not use friends, family members, or persons whose interaction with you is superficial.

  • Submit Academic Transcripts

    Upload and submit electronically the transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. DO NOT SEND OFFICIAL PAPER TRANSCRIPTS BY MAIL.

    Applicants must request that official, sealed academic transcripts from each college attended be sent to their home. These transcripts should be opened, scanned and saved to your computer, and finally retrieved and uploaded to your application checklist.

    Online academic histories will not be accepted.

    Individuals who accept an offer of admission to the College and confirm plans to attend the College in the fall will be required to submit to the College an official transcript from the degree issuing undergraduate college or university in a sealed, unopened envelope.

    Do not send official transcript(s) to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions

  • Submit Test Scores (School Social Work applicants only)

    Submit results of Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT Plus Writing, or SAT test score

    Students applying to the School Social Work concentration only must submit the Test for Academic Proficiency, ACT Plus Writing, or SAT. Review the following webpage:

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