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Certificate Course

  1. How large is a MasterTrack cohort?

    The MasterTrack program began in September 2020 with 90 students in the first cohort. There is currently no limit to the number of students who can join a MasterTrack cohort.

  2. How many hours per week are the MasterTrack courses?

    You can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week on a MasterTrack course.

  3. What are the benefits of the Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MasterTrack Certificate?

    The certificate program allows learners to explore the content covered in foundation courses covered at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. It could provide for advancement within a current position or it could be used to add to a resume in hopes of obtaining a social work/social service position. The certificate can also allow qualified applicants to complete the MSW degree in less time. This will result in a cost savings for the MSW degree.

  4. What is the last day to sign up for the first cohort in the MasterTrack Certificate Program?

    The last day to enroll in cohort one for the MasterTrack program is October 12, 2020.

  5. When does the MasterTrack Certificate begin?

    The first cohort begins in September, and the second cohort begins in March 2021.


  1. Are the MasterTrack courses graded and are they pass/fail?

    Yes, they are graded and students must receive at least a 70% in the course to pass. Classes cannot be taken pass/fail.

  2. Will our grades for the MasterTrack courses be reflected on our transcripts?

    No, the MasterTrack Certificate program courses are not reflected on your transcript as they are not credit bearing and occur prior to starting the MSW degree program.

Internships/Field Practicum

  1. Do the courses on Coursera for the MasterTrack Certificate have a required practicum site? If yes, is there support for finding a field placement?

    No, the certificate program itself does not require a field placement (practicum). Students will be required to engage in a field placement once enrolled in the MSW degree program and the Office of Field Education will assist in setting up a placement.

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