Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, students will need to:

  1. Fill out the application
  2. Send in all official transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Submit information for two references (one academic and one professional) on the application
  4. Background check dated within the last two years.
  5. Write a Professional Goals essay (submit in application)

Write two to three pages total, including sections on:

  • Your motivation for graduate studies

  • Your motivation for entering or continuing in the social work profession

  • Your brief reflection on and response to the four key aspects of the mission and goals of the Dordt University Social Work program. How do you see yourself living out the mission and these core values as a professional social worker? The mission and values of the program are as follows:

    • Explore what the Bible says regarding our treatment of our neighbor, the poor and vulnerable and the call to justice.

    • Affirm that diversity is created good. The richness of this diversity should be honored and respected, and not minimized.

    • Understand the world as it is, exploring the past treatment of vulnerable people, and analyzing the development of institutions and policies that have hurt vulnerable people.

    • Work towards the world as it should be. Equipping competent, professional social workers engaged in lives of service that value the human dignity of each person through direct and indirect interventions. 

MAIL MATERIALS TO:

Dordt University
Graduate Studies Office 
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

TYPES OF ADMISSION

Students may be admitted under one of the following categories:

ADVANCED STANDING

Advanced Standing is granted to all candidates who have satisfactorily met all the following admission criteria.

  • A bachelor’s degree in Social Work (GPA of 3.0 or higher) from a CSWE-accredited college or university.
  • Completion of an essay on MSW and career goals
  • Two reference forms or letters of recommendation addressing the prospective student's suitability for graduate study, especially in social work.
  • Background check dated within the last two years
REGULAR STANDING

Regular standing is granted to all candidates who have satisfactorily met all the following admission criteria.

  • A bachelor’s degree (3.0 GPA or higher) from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of an essay on MSW and career goals
  • A completed reference form or letter of recommendation addressing the prospective student's suitability for graduate study, especially in social work.
  • Background check dated within the last two years

Note: Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Conditional Admission may be granted to applicants who do not currently meet all the criteria for regular admission.

The student must complete 9 semester hours of graduate credit at Dordt University before conditional status is reviewed. The graduate course work GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Other regular admission requirements must be met before conditional admission status can be changed to regular admission status.

Note: Applicants for whom English is a second language must have an adequate command of English as demonstrated by their performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The institutional code is 6171 and the department code is 3101.

SPECIAL ADMISSION

Special Admission may be granted to those who do not plan to become candidates for the Master of Education program but wish to participate in one or more graduate courses. Contact the Graduate Studies Office for more details.

REGISTRATION

Next Start Date: August 25, 2020 (Regular standing only)

TRANSFER OF CREDIT

Students can transfer a total of six semester hours of graduate work from accredited programs with a minimum of a B grade.

Note: Courses older than 10 years at the end of a student's Dordt studies will not be accepted for transfer credit.