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University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is one of the top social work schools in the world.  Here's how you can get in.

U. Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Weighted Ranking #1, #3 US News, #1 Goucher.

Why to Go

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration offers an “AM” degree, equal to an MSW but adding interdisciplinary theory and research, leading to even greater career flexibility after graduation.

After completing the core curriculum, students focus on clinical practice or social administration. The school offers 9 programs of study that allow students to specialize their degree, but 60% of graduate students create their own specialization through related electives and internships. The diversity of course and internship offerings are among the best in the nation.

Chicago also offers part time, 15 month accelerated and extended evening programs.

How to Go

Applications are accepted between September 1 and April 1, but it is strongly recommended to apply by the December 1 Round 1 deadline or the January 15 Round 2 Deadline.

You will need Three Letters of Recommendation. References should be qualified to discuss your aptitude for both graduate study and social work.

Current undergraduates or recent graduates must include at least two academic references;
15-Month Accelerated Program applicants must include two academic references;
Transfer students and 15-Month Accelerated Program applicants must include a reference from a current or recent practice professor or field instructor who can evaluate your performance in field placement or submit a final field evaluation;
Applicants who are or recently have been employed must include one reference from an employment supervisor. Ask your professional references to speak to your analytic and critical thinking skills.

For both the Master’s and Doctoral Programs: Candidate's Statement. Those applying to the Master’s Program must write a 4-page, double-spaced statement that addresses all of the following:

a social problem and how a direct practice or policy intervention might provide a way to engage that problem; specific short and long term personal goals; and  how a social work education at SSA provides a way to achieve those goals.

For more coaching on how to write this personal statement, check out our blog on the subject.

GRE scores are not required for the masters program.

Campus visits are strongly recommended.


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