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Complete the MasterTrack Certificate Online and Finish Your MSW on Campus

Once you successfully finish your MasterTrack certificate and are admitted to the MSW program you can complete your degree on campus. The MasterTrack certificate reduces the credit hour requirement for the MSW from 60 to 45, saving you time and money.

Please note the MasterTrack Certificate alone is a non-credit bearing credential.


  • You can waive an entire semester, which saves you time and money
  • More than 500+ field placements
  • You will have support from an admission counselor and academic advisor
  • 300+ Scholarship opportunities
  • 8 different curricular pathways covering a broad range of specializations

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

  • Admission to the MSW program
  • Successful completion of MasterTrack certificate
  • Students will complete a 45 credit hour program including 14 credits of field instruction (912 clock hours)
  • Transfer and advanced standing students are not eligible to participate in the On Campus MasterTrack MSW 

Apply to the MasterTrack MSW

  • Step 1

    Submit an Eligibility Review Request at the earliest date possible.

    Submit Eligibility Review Request

  • Step 2
    Your resume and interest form will be reviewed to assess eligibility to apply to the MasterTrack MSW program. Once approved, schedule an admissions consultation with the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management, ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.
  • Step 3

    Apply to MSW Program, if eligible based on review. Your application will receive a full MSW program admissions review.

    Apply to MSW Program

  • Step 4

    Start your MasterTrack certificate either before or after you receive an MSW Program application decision.

    Students may be well advised to start the MasterTrack after receiving an offer of admission to the MSW Program. Completion of the MasterTrack certificate does not guarantee admission to the MSW program.

  • Step 5
    After successful admission, complete your MasterTrack certificate prior to the start of your fall MSW on campus courses. You will have an individual course planning appointment to discuss part-time or full time enrollment options.
  • Step 6
    Join your cohort in Ann Arbor to complete your MSW degree.


  • Begin courses online as early as 9/7/20 and complete the certificate 5/3/21
  • Students who finish the MasterTrack certificate and are admitted to the program will complete an MSW degree in three (full time) or seven (part-time) semesters on campus
  • Join your cohort in Ann Arbor on 8/21/21

MasterTrack Cohort 1

September 7, 2020 - May 7, 2021

Students may join this cohort up to October 12, 2020.

Course # Start Date End Date
This course is available for students starting on 10/12/20.
September 7, 2020 October 5, 2020
SWMT508 October 12, 2020 November 30, 2020
November 23, 2020 January 11, 2021
SWMT506 January 4, 2021 February 22, 2021
SWMT509 February 8, 2021 March 29, 2021
SWMT507 March 15, 2021 May 3, 2021

View chart of timeline.

MasterTrack Cohort 2

November 23, 2020 - June 2021

MasterTrack Cohort 3

March 1, 2021 - August 27, 2021

MasterTrack Cohort 4

June 28, 2021 - December 18, 2021

MasterTrack Cohort 5

October 25, 2021 - April 22, 2022

Financial Aid

Online MSW Program

Once you are accepted into the MasterTrack MSW program, you are eligible for grants, scholarships and other forms of financial aid. For information please refer to the MSW Guide to Financial Aid.

MasterTrack Certificate

There is no financial aid available for the online MasterTrack certificate.

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