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U-M Sociology and Social Work MSW Online

The U-M School of Social Work and Sociology have partnered to create an opportunity for U-M undergraduate sociology students to enter the MSW program. Upon graduation from the on-campus program bachelor's program, you can continue your MSW degree online.


  • Promote social justice through direct service and advocacy on the local, national and global levels
  • Earn your BA (on-campus) in four years and your MSW (online) in a 45-credit program saving you time and money
  • Earn your BA (on-campus) in Sociology and your MSW (online) from the #1 schools in the country (U.S. News & World Reports)
  • 96% of U-M MSW graduates looking for jobs are employed
  • We provide field placements near your community within the United States, not including U.S. territories
  • You can balance a career and an MSW degree with our part-time option 

Program Requirements

  • Admission to the MSW program.
  • Complete 13 credits of MSW coursework (on-campus) with a grade of C- or above in your senior year, if admitted to the MSW program. A Student Success Meeting may be required if your GPA across the following courses is below 3.0: SW505, SW506, SW508, SW509 and your undergraduate research course that will count as the SW507 requirement.
  • Students will complete a 45 credit hour program including 12 credits of field instruction (684 clock hours). Field instruction must be completed in the United States, not including U.S. territories.
  • You will complete coursework in the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse which prepares you to become a licensed clinical social worker, or beginning Fall 2024, Welfare of Children & Families, which prepares you to support children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Students in the full-time online program must be available for primarily day/weekday courses, as well as fieldwork during regular day/weekday hours. Students in the part-time online program will have evening/weekend courses available, but must be available for fieldwork during regular day/weekday hours.

  • Students admitted to the MSW Program must complete all MSW degree requirements within four years of their first term of enrollment.


Interested students must be current undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor who will declare Sociology as a major and select the Sociology & Social Work subplan.

*Transfer students may be eligible to participate in the Online MSW program.
U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident status required. Undocumented and DACAmented students must reside within the U.S.

  • Step 1
    Declare Sociology major and select the Social Work subplan.
  • Step 2
    Complete Sociology & Social Work subplan requirements as a U-M undergraduate.
  • Step 3

    Apply for admission to the Online MSW program during your Junior year.

    Apply for Admission

  • Step 4
    Complete 13 credits in the MSW program your Senior year.
  • Step 5
    Complete your MSW degree in the online program.

When to Apply

  • Select Sociology as your major and the subplan in social work by your junior year.
  • Apply for the Online MSW Program by February 1 of your junior year.

Curriculum Schedule

View curriculum terms and credit hours.

Financial Aid

For information please refer to the MSW Guide to Financial Aid. Students may apply for grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid for the semesters they are enrolled in master’s level online courses through the School of Social Work. There is no financial aid available from the School of Social Work until you enroll as a graduate student.

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