GPA Replacement Policy

In an effort to assist interested applicants who have undergraduate grade point averages (GPAs) that do not meet the minimum requirements for admission, the JMSW faculty has developed a formal policy so that such individuals may enhance their GPA and become eligible to apply to the program.

The JMSW Program has a 3.0 as the minimum GPA for admission to the program.  However, applicants to the two-year program with GPAs below 3.0 can still be considered for admission.  In this case, the Admissions Committee searches for other evidence of the potential to be successful in MSW coursework (for example, extensive work experience, exceptional personal statement or case analysis).  Applicants should keep in mind that the process is a competitive one.  If an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, they may want to consider using our GPA Replacement Policy.

Applicants with less than a 3.0 will not be considered for the Advanced Standing program, and the GPA Replacement Policy cannot be used for admission to the Advanced Standing program.

Two-year applicants who do not have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 may replace their undergraduate GPA by taking at least nine (9) hours of graduate-level coursework. The GPA from these courses will then be used in place of the applicant’s undergraduate GPA.

Courses must be in social work or in a related field, such as psychology, education, human development and family studies, or counseling. Transcripts indicating the completed coursework must accompany the admissions packet; that is, the courses must be completed before the application is submitted. The transcripts must show the GPA for all nine hours.

These hours are not eligible for transfer into the JMSW Program. They only serve to make an applicant eligible for admission. In addition, the grades acquired in these courses provide the Admissions Committee with important information on an applicant’s ability to handle graduate-level coursework.