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Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management FAQ

  1. If I'm admitted to the MSW program but cannot begin the program in the fall, can I defer admission?

    Admitted students may request deferment for one or two years. The Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management will review and make decisions on all deferment requests. Deferment requests may be submitted via email to

  2. 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.

  3. Is housing available at the University of Michigan?

    The University of Michigan offers limited on-campus housing for eligible graduate students. Non-University housing includes co-ops, apartments, and houses for rent. Most students live off campus within walking distance of the School of Social Work. For more information on housing visit the U-M Housing website.

  4. Is it possible to transfer into the University of Michigan School of Social Work?

    Transfer students from CSWE accredited MSW programs can transfer up to 30 credit hours as long as they were degree seeking students. Other students may be able to transfer 9 - 15 credit hours. Credits which have been applied toward another degree cannot transfer. Press enter to read full text...

  5. Is the GRE required for application to the MSW Program?

    No. GRE scores are neither required nor reviewed.

  6. Is the MSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)?

    Yes, the MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1922.

  7. Is the MSW program more research or clinically oriented?

    Because students choose a practice method concentration, a practice area, and fieldwork that best fits with their career ambitions, students may choose to focus more on theoretical and research coursework or on practice coursework. Many practice courses are offered Press enter to read full text...

  8. Is the TOEFL required for International applicants? Do you accept IELTS or MELAB scores?

    TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, or ECPE scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English regardless of their status when applying. Applicants are exempt from submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, or ECPE score if they have either 1) earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English, regardless of country or 2) studied in the US for two years or more. (Note that test scores are valid for two years from the test date.)

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