MSW Admission Requirements


MSW TrackCompleted 
Application Deadline
Cohort Starting Semester
GeneralistMarch 15thMay Cohort (summer)
SpecializationJune 15th August Cohort (fall)
November 15thJanuary Cohort (spring)

Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation

Accredited Program

Limestone University’s MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation. For more information about social work accreditation, please visit the CSWE website,

Candidates for admission are evaluated based on ability and achievement. A requirement of an earned baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association SACS or other regionally accredited programs. Applicants from all academic backgrounds who meet the liberal arts requirements for the Generalist MSW program may apply. They must demonstrate strong interest and motivation, and commitment to social work values such as the appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity; belief in the dignity and freedom of the individual; promotion of social justice and equal access to resources; and institutional responsiveness to human needs and social change.

Personal qualifications such as professionalism, sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, capacity for self-awareness, concern for the needs of others, ability for abstract reasoning, conceptual thinking and strong communication skills are also core requirements. Admission is competitive and only applicants with fully completed applications will be reviewed. Candidates must be a SC resident or have ability to complete the field education requirement in SC only. The MSW Admissions Committee will consider all components which include of the application in its admission decision. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis for full admission to both Generalist and Specialization programs.

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Each applicant must provide the following to be considered for admission into the MSW program:

  • Official undergraduate and any graduate degree transcripts from each regionally accredited college or university attended; if applicable, your foreign transcript must be sent through World Education Services or International Education Evaluations for evaluation;

  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one related to work experience and one to academic experience. Personal/character references from family members, friends, co-workers, and clergy are not admissible.

  • Current/Updated resume.

  • Personal narrative answering the following prompts:

    1. Please reflect on your motivation and decision to pursue your MSW. Describe how attending Limestone University's program will enable you to meet your immediate and long-term goals as a social worker.

    2. Please describe how you have incorporated a social work mindset in your human service experiences and interactions with others.

    3. Think about a problem in society that promotes inequality. Now, how would you, as a Social Worker, address that problem? If you use scholarly research to complete this, be sure to properly cite your source.

  • Resident of SC or have the ability to complete all field education requirements in SC only.

  • Testing requirements:

    • No GRE or GMAT is required

    • Students whose native language is not English must submit scores from either the IELTS of TOEFLiBT. A score of 6.0 or higher is required for the IELTS. A score of 79 or higher is required for the TOEFLiBT. This requirement may be waived if the student provides evidence of having completed an accredited ESL program or holds a degree from an accredited US college or university.

If applicable, your foreign transcript must be sent to Limestone through one of the credit evaluation agencies listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) page. While Limestone does accept transcript evaluations from any organizations listed on the NACES page, the University’s preferred credit evaluation agencies are International Education Evaluations or World Education Services.

For Admission into the graduate program:

To be considered for full admission into Limestone University's online MSW Generalist or Specialization Program, candidates will need to submit the following:


  • Official Transcripts (undergraduate and any graduate) with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current/Updated Resume
  • One-page narrative


  • Official Transcripts – obtained a bachelor’s degree from a regionally and CSWE accredited college or university with either a BA, BS or BSW degree in Social Work with a minimum 3.00 overall GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current/Updated Resume
  • One-page narrative

Students are also informed that work and lifetime experiences are not counted toward any credit or grade outcomes, upon application to the Limestone University – MSW program.


2024-2025 Graduate Tuition

Graduate Tuition

MBA, MSHI, MSW - $1,950 per course ($650 per credit hour)
MSN - $1,800 per course ($600 per credit hour)
M.Ed. - $1,350 per course for licensed teachers ($450 per credit hour)

Active Military Discounted Tuition

(-$100 per credit hour)

MBA, MSHI, MSW - $1,650 per course ($550 per credit hour)
MSN - $1,500 per course ($500 per credit hour)
M.Ed. – $1,050 per course ($350 per credit hour)


Graduation Fee - $150
Student Identity Verification Fee- $5