Online Advanced Standing MSW Program

Online Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Admission Requirements

  1. Apply online or call an Admissions Counselor at (800) 424-9596.
  2. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
  3. Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts. Please note: Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a transcript request form.
  4. Mail official college transcripts (sent as sealed, unopened copies or via a direct electronic transcript system). A BSW or BSSW from a CSWE-accredited program (conferred within the last 7 years) with a 3.0 GPA or higher is required for admission in good standing.
  5. Admission to this program also requires:
    • Contact information (including phone number) for 3 recommenders from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). One must be a field faculty member or program director from the BSW/BSSW program. This form can be submitted online (login required) or by email to
    • Statement of Purpose (1,200-word minimum):
      • Introduce yourself and explain what has inspired you to earn a Master of Social Work degree. Discuss related life events, experiences, and relationships – educational, professional, and/or personal. If you are making a career change, discuss what prompted the change. Discuss what you hope to do with an MSW. (400 words)
      • What qualities and abilities do you possess that you believe are a good fit for the social work profession? (150 words)
      • What qualities and abilities do you want to develop or further develop that you believe will be helpful in the profession? (150 words)
      • How do you show a posture of learning and respect when interacting with diverse individuals, families, and groups? (150 words)
      • Share a personal challenge (please do not share a challenge related to your job) in your life and discuss how you worked through or are working through this challenge. (200 words)
      • Explain the reason you believe Liberty University is the best fit to help you meet your goal of obtaining an MSW. (150 words)
      • If you have social work-related experience, discuss those experiences (for instance, working or volunteering in social services). (optional)
    • Department questionnaire (online form or PDF)
    • Copy of final field evaluation from the BSW/BSSW program
    • Department approval
  6. Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternative assessment. For information on alternative assessments or TOEFL waivers, please call Admissions or view the official International Admissions policy.
Preliminary Acceptance
Transcript Policies

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your master’s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor’s degree.
  • Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours.
  • If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Degree/Certificate Completion Application.
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Unofficial College Transcript Policy

Unofficial transcripts combined with a Transcript Request Form can be used for admission. Official transcripts are required within 60 days of acceptance and will prevent enrollment into future terms until all official transcripts have been received.

Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

  • Your previous school’s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • A list of completed courses and earned credit broken down by semester
  • Degree and date conferred (if applicable)

Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript is one that has been issued directly from the institution and is in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements. If your previous institution offers electronic official transcript processing, they can send the document directly to

If the student uses unofficial transcripts with a transcript request form to gain acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day period will prevent registration.

Liberty University Admissions Office Contact Information

(800) 424-9596

(888) 301-3577

Email for Questions

Email for Sending Documents

Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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