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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are Online MSW students eligible for grants and scholarships?

    Online MSW students can apply for need and merit-based grants and scholarships. More information about financial aid can be found here.

  2. Are Online MSW students eligible for work-study positions and teaching assistantships at the University of Michigan?

    Yes, Online MSW students are eligible for work-study, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), or Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) positions. Students must meet the criteria listed on the U-M Human Resources website. Online MSW students must enroll in at least 6 credits in a term to hold a GSI or GSSA position. Positions are posted on the U-M Careers website. Work-study positions are posted on the U-M Student Employment website.

  3. Are refunds available for the certificate program?

    It may be possible to receive a refund. Students should contact Coursera to learn more about their refund policy: https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/209819043

  4. Are special scholarships programs available for MasterTrack MSW student?

    Yes, MasterTrack MSW students may apply and participate in special scholarship programs if they complete their degree through the full time on-campus option.

  5. Are special scholarships programs available for online students?

    No, special scholarship programs must be completed through the On-Campus MSW Program 16 month (full time) or Advanced Standing (full time) schedules.

  6. Are the admission requirements the same for the Online MSW Program as the On-Campus MSW Program?

    The admissions criteria are the same for both programs, however, students who enter through the MasterTrack or MicroMaster certificate programs, U-M Sociology and Social Work students, and UM Dearborn Human Services and Social Work students must satisfy additional admission requirements.

  7. Are the live sessions included in the MasterTrack Certificate program recorded?

    Yes and no. The first session in week one will be recorded as it will go through the objectives and the assignments for the course. The second session, halfway through the course will provide in-person office hours where students can ask questions related to the course. The office hour section will not be recorded.

  8. Are the MasterTrack Certificate courses on Coursera entirely online? Will there be any in person meetings?

    The MasterTrack Certificate program is completely online. Each course besides the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will have two live sessions - one during the first week of the course and one halfway through the course. These will allow you to build community and ask any questions you may have related to the course.

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