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MSW Application 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 Press enter to read full text...

  2. 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 Press enter to read full text...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. How early can I apply?

    You can apply as soon as the application is available online, which is usually in September for admission for the following fall semester.

  6. I've never written a resume; do I need to include one with my MSW application? What if my resume isn't very strong?

    Yes, a current resume is required to complete your application. There is a section of the online application that will allow you to upload your resume. Your resume is an important part of the application and should be well written and highlight your various Press enter to read full text...

  7. If I am applying to the MSW degree program, do I also need to submit an application to the Graduate School?

    No, to apply to the MSW degree program you only need to submit your application to the School of Social Work. You do not need to submit an application to the Rackham School of Graduate Studies unless you are applying to the Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Social Science.

  8. Is an interview required for acceptance?

    No. However, the admissions committee may request to interview you before making their final decision. You may request an interview to discuss your work history, grades or a career change. An admissions counselor can offer additional information on whether a self-initiated interview would be beneficial.

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