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MSW Applications & Admission FAQ

  1. What are the basic requirements for admission into the University of Michigan School of Social Work MSW degree program?

    • Applicants must have completed a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment in September unless they have been admitted through our non-BA program.
    • Applicants must have completed 20 semester hours of social science/liberal arts/language coursework
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  2. What criteria does the admissions committee utilize in making admission decisions?

    Admissions decisions are based primarily on a review of the following:

  3. What is the average GPA for admitted students?

    The average incoming student GPA is 3.5 over the past 60-75 semester credit hours (90 - 105 quarter credit hours) on the undergraduate transcripts provided at the time of application. However, GPA is only one of the criteria utilized for admission and applicants with GPAs lower than 3.5 are often offered admission. There is no minimum GPA.

  4. What is the MSW application fee?

    The application fee is $75 if you submit the online web application and $150 if you submit a paper application. If you cannot afford the application fee, please contact the Office of Student Services (734-936-0961) or email ssw.msw.info@umich.edu for information on obtaining a fee waiver.

  5. What materials must be submitted in order for my MSW application to be considered complete?

    Applicants must submit the following*:

    • School of Social Work MSW application
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including transfer and study abroad
    • Supplementary Statement (maximum 3 pages double-spaced)
    • Three recommendation forms and/or letters
    • Current resume
    • Application fee

    *Non-native speakers of English, non-BA, transfer, and International applicants must submit additional materials.

  6. When is the MSW application deadline?

    There are two MSW application deadlines: December 1st and March 1st.

    December 1-Early Application Deadline:
    The early application deadline is December 1. Students are strongly encouraged to meet this deadline. Applicants complete with their application and supporting Press enter to read full text...

  7. When will I know if I have been admitted?

    Most applicants are informed of a decision between January and June. Typically applicants applying by December 1 will learn their status between January and March 1. Applicants who have completed their applications in January typically learn of their status in March. Press enter to read full text...

  8. When will I receive an admission decision if I applied to the MSW Program by the December 1 early application deadline?

    Applicants that were complete with their application and supporting documents by December 1 receive notification of their status through the initial review by March 1. For most applicants this will be a final admission decision. For some applicants, the School will Press enter to read full text...

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