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MSW Applications & Admission FAQ

  1. 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.

  2. How can I find out which credits will transfer to the University of Michigan?

    Possible transfer credits will be reviewed by an Academic Planning Coordinator during the exemption process in the summer. You may contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management to receive general guidelines.

  3. 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.

  4. How long does it take to earn the MSW degree?

    Some students can complete the MSW program in 12 months (full-time Advanced Standing, MicroMasters MSW, MasterTrack MSW, U-M Sociology & SW, and UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW). Students in our full-time four-term programs complete the program in either 16 months or 20 months. Part-time students have different options. Please visit our Program Length webpage for details.

  5. How many students apply and how many are accepted into the MSW Program each year?

    Usually we receive 1,100-1,300 applications and enroll an incoming class of approximately 430 students. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

  6. I have a BSW does the University of Michigan offer an accelerated program?

    Yes, the University of Michigan has a three term Advanced Standing program, where students typically complete 45 credits in 12 months. All BSW degree requirements must be completed by Fall Orientation at the end of August.

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  7. 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...

  8. If admission is granted to the MSW Program, is an enrollment deposit required?

    Yes, a $300 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class. The enrollment deposit is applied to your student account. If paying the enrollment deposit will create a financial hardship, please contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at or (734) 936-0961.

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