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Start your Carroll Journey

Master of Social WorkWhen you apply to Carroll, there are no fees, and test scores are optional. We review submissions on a rolling basis, which means you can apply at any time. 

We encourage students to apply as early as possible as financial aid offers and scholarships may be more available. This process has been made as simple as possible whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student. All applicants can apply using the Carroll application or the Common Application. For graduate and undergraduate deadlines, see below.

The Carroll application: what you’ll need 

  • A completed application form
  • High school transcripts
  • College transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT/ACT test scores (optional with some exceptions)
  • A letter of recommendation (encouraged but not required)

Application tips and how-tos

  • Nov. 1 — Early Action*
  • Nov. 1 — Direct Entry Nursing Deadline
  • Feb. 28 — Regular Decision Deadline
  • June 15 — Rolling Admission Deadline
  • *Non-binding, guaranteed admission decision by Dec. 1 for complete application

Nov. 1 — Regular Decision Deadline
Dec. 1 — Rolling Admission Deadline

  • March 15 — Priority Consideration
  • May 1 — Transfer Nursing Application Deadline
  • June 15 — Regular Decision Deadline

Applicants to the accelerated nursing track must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to their enrollment in the program. See all of the admission requirements for the accelerated nursing track on their program page.

Self-Reporting Your ACT or SAT Scores

Carroll College accepts self-reported ACT and/or SAT scores for admission consideration. When self-reporting test scores on your application, please indicate your scores by test date. Please do not superscore. Students who enroll at Carroll College will be required to submit official score reports prior to registration. 

We are test-optional, so you are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores, with the following exceptions:

  • You have reported an unweighted academic GPA lower than 2.85.
  • You are home-schooled or attend a school that does not provide traditional letter grades.
  • You are applying to Direct Entry nursing.


Athletic recruits are not required to submit test scores when they apply. But because the NAIA requires test scores to determine eligibility, athletes will need to submit official test scores if they choose to attend Carroll.

More on credit awards & testing

Special Instructions for Nursing Applicants

If you are interested in the Nursing program, select "Nursing" in the "academic interest" field on your application. Accelerated Nursing students should use the Carroll Online Application.

Our Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The foundation provided by our diocesan catholic traditions places a value on the dignity of the human person. Meaning that we treat each person as a unique individual; welcoming all, especially those who are marginalized. 

Carroll College is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or ethnic origin. No qualified individual is excluded from admission or participation in any educational program, activity, or facility by reason of disability, provided the individual can properly perform with reasonable accommodation.