MSW GRE Scores

As with all graduate schools, the MSW programs that require a GRE have a range of standards - and that's all they are, is a standard or minimum test score that they would like to see from their applicants. However almost all schools of social work will declare in their admissions materials that those figures are not absolute; that applicants are evaluated on all of an application's elements. Those include undergraduate GPA, any work experience, letters of recommendation, and in many instances a personal essay from the applicant.

A Sampler of GRE Score Recommendations

The schools that have an expectation on GRE scores don't always set forth their average score for applicants that are accepted, and a surprising number of Schools of Social Work don't require a GRE at all. However here is a brief review of several MSW programs that represent a variety of schools, public and private, ranked and unranked, but all of which are accredited and turning out graduates that become solid professionals.

1. Georgia State University asks all of its MSW applicants to submit a GRE score as part of the application package. According to the University "the majority of our applicants have at least a minimum combined score of 800 or better on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam."

2. University of North Carolina requires a GRE score from applicants to the Master of Social Work program. "Applicants are more competitive when they have a combined score of 1000 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. The GRE must be taken within five years of application."

3. University of Georgia will accept either the GRE or the GMAT, but students must submit one or the other. The school does not require submission of a score on the quantitative section of the GRE from the MSW applicants. The University "...suggests a Verbal GRE score of 400 and a written, analytical score of 3.5. We do accept students with lower GRE scores, and welcome applications of all qualified persons with a sincere interest in social work."

4. Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas asks that applicants to the School of Social Work MSW program submit GRE scores, and advises that "...applicants should present either evidence of a GRE score of 1000 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores) or an overall GPA of at least 2.8 and a GPA of 3.0 over the last 60 [credit] hours." However the school also offers probationary admission to students with a GRE of 800 or better and the same GPA standards.

5. Appalachian State University, one of the University of North Carolina campuses, offers up a truly unique formula for their GRE requirements. Presented as a math formula, the requirement is: GPA x 400 + GRE-verbal + GRE quantitative > 2000. With a B average you'd need a combined GRE score of 800. But that's only one possibility...

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