Requirements for Application
The application process for the master’s program is the same for all Full-Time, Part-Time, Extended Evening, and Advanced Standing program students. Qualified University of Chicago college students who wish to pursue a joint AM degree in social work at SSA should consult with the AB/AM adviser in the College and with the Director of Admissions at SSA early in their second year.

Please note that SSA only admits students for the Autumn Quarter with the exception of students starting the Advanced Standing program, which starts in the summer. SSA does not defer admission.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and SSA require that all applicants have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and have completed at least one course in each of the following tracks:

  • Humanities (examples: fine arts, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, or religion);  
  • Physical and Biological sciences and Mathematics (examples: biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics); and
  • Social Sciences (examples: anthropology, economics, education, ethnic studies, gender studies, human development, international relations, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology).

Most applicants have majored in psychology or sociology, though we do accept applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. 

We require an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW) only if you are applying to the Advanced Standing Master's Program.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at admissions@ssa.uchicago.edu


Financial Aid

Over 95 percent of SSA master’s students receive merit- and need-based tuition gift aid. Each year, SSA awards full and partial tuition scholarships. To be eligible for SSA gift aid, you must fill out the SSA Financial Data section in the online application.  Second- and third-year students may also re-apply for gift aid each year. 99% of returning students have their gift aid renewed.

The majority of our students use Federal financial aid in the form of student loans and work study funds to bridge the gap between their SSA tuition gift aid and the cost of attendance.  To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The institutional code for the FAFSA is 001774.

Visit SSA

Plan a campus visit to attend one of our information sessions and meet with the Office of Admissions. If you can’t make it to Chicago, we can arrange an informational interview with a current student or SSA alumnus in your area.

Zehua Cui

"I had no awareness of the existence of social work in schools in China, so I am thankful for my first year internship experience with children at Namaste Charter school, which totally opened up a new world for me. The experience broadened my horizon in terms of the various ways in which we can help children," says Zehua Cui.