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 minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 overall GPA (on a four-point scale). Advanced standing applicants must have a 3.5 in the social work major.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements 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. 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.