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MSW Program Length

The master of social work (MSW) is a 60-credit-hour degree program that can be completed part-time or full-time through one of the curriculum schedules listed below.

In addition, the School of Social Work offers the following opportunities to complete the MSW program in 45 credit hours:

  • Advanced Standing for students who have completed a bachelor of social work degree and meet all of the requirements for advanced standing status. 

  • MicroMasters MSW for students who have a minimum of three or more years of full-time human services experience.

  • U-M Sociology & Social Work Program for University of Michigan-Ann Arbor sociology undergraduates participating in the combined program

The School also offers a Masters International Volunteer Program, which allows students interested in incorporating 27 months of Peace Corps service into their MSW program.

Upon admission, students will be required to confirm which schedule they plan to elect since it determines their field placement assignment. After enrollment, students wishing to change to a different schedule must submit an Out-of-Sequence Petition describing an alternate plan. The petition should not be submitted before admission to the MSW program. Such petitions will be granted only if they are deemed educationally sound and all fieldwork and course requirements can be met.

Begins in September, includes the spring/summer term, and concludes with graduation in December of the subsequent year.

This schedule is designed for full-time students who will benefit from completing their course requirements in four consecutive terms, including the spring/summer term. Students enter in the fall term and graduate at the end of the subsequent fall term. The 16-month course planning worksheet indicates the typical course schedule by term.

Typically, field education begins in the winter term for two days per week, continues in the spring/summer term for three days per week, and concludes in the fall term for three days per week.

16-Month Curriculum Schedule

  Fall Term Year 1 Winter Term Year 1 Spring/Summer Term Fall Term Year 2
Course Credit Hours 16 12 9 9
Field Placement Credit Hours 0 (no field) 2 (2 days/week) 6 (3 days/week) 6 (3 days/week)
Total Credit Hours 16 14 15 15

Advantage of the 16-Month Curriculum Schedule

  • Early graduation date

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