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MSW Applications & Admission FAQ

  1. Can I change a recommender if I have already submitted my application?

    To change an online recommender, go to the Online Application Menu, Manage Your Account – Review Your Activity. You will see a University of Michigan School of Social Work link; when you click on it, you should be able to see each of the recommenders in which you indicated "Yes" to "Use Online Recommendation System." From here, you can “take action” and if the recommender has not yet started their recommendation, you can update/change a recommender. If you have submitted a paper application, then a paper copy of the recommendation form and instructions can be found on our website. Please notify the Office of Student Services via email at ssw.oss@umich.edu that you intend to change a recommender.

  2. Can I enter the MSW program without completing a bachelor's degree?

    Yes. Each year up to ten students can be admitted through our Non-Baccalaureate Admissions status. The goal of this provision is to provide an opportunity for individuals with extensive, successful experience in social work to obtain the MSW degree without first obtaining a bachelor's degree.

  3. Can I visit the School before I apply?

    Yes, we encourage prospective students to visit the School of Social Work. Prospective students are invited to attend one of our Prospective Student Group Sessions, which are held once or twice per month from September through April. The School can also arrange an individualized visit for prospective students, which includes attending a class, lunch with a current student, and a meeting with an admissions counselor. Contact the Office of Student Services (734.936.0961) to sign up for a Prospective Student Group Session or schedule an individual appointment.

  4. Can recommendations be completed online?

    Yes, we strongly encourage applicants to submit an online application and utilize the online recommendation system. In the letters of recommendation section of the online application, you may indicate whether or not you wish each recommender to use the online recommendation system. If you indicate "yes" to use the online recommendation system and click on "submit request to recommender", an email will be sent to the recommender with information and a link that will allow them to submit an online recommendation. You can track the status of your recommendation requests by viewing your application account activity.

    Letters of recommendation may also be submitted:

    1. Through the mail (be sure the letter is in a sealed envelope with the signature of the recommender over the seal)
    2. Via email to msw.recommendations@umich.edu

    Official recommendations must be sent directly to us by the recommender.

  5. Do I have to submit a transcript from a school I attended in the past if the classes are listed on my current school transcript?

    Yes, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted.

  6. Do I need a BSW before I can be admitted to the MSW program?

    No, a BSW is not required for admission to the MSW program. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The majority of our students hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts discipline (psychology, sociology, etc.), but we also have students with backgrounds in business, engineering, law, etc.

  7. Do you offer a part-time MSW program at the University of Michigan?

    We offer an Extended Degree program (partial part-time program) which allows students to complete the first half (30 semester hours) of the program on a part-time basis. The remaining 30 semester hours must be completed on a full-time basis (minimum 9 credit hours per semester) over two or three semesters. Students are required to enroll in field instruction after acquiring 15 credit hours of coursework and must spend 2-3 terms fulfilling their field instruction requirements.

  8. Does the University of Michigan School of Social Work grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience?

    No; however, transfer credit is possible for courses taken from CSWE accredited MSW programs or other accredited graduate-level programs where credits have not been applied toward a degree.

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