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MicroMasters MSW

Students with three years or more of human service experience may apply for the MicroMasters MSW program. Students who meet the MicroMasters MSW program criteria will be able to complete the Master of Social Work degree in three to six terms of enrollment.

Prior to submitting an MSW application, persons planning to apply to the MicroMasters MSW must email their resume to the Office of Student Services at Once the resume is reviewed, the prospective applicant will be contacted via email and may be asked to schedule an admissions consultation. Following the initial review, applicants must fill out a full MSW application, and are subject to a full admissions review. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Meet all requirements for application to the MSW program. Review MSW admissions criteria.
  • Have three years or more of human service-related experience.
  • Complete MicroMasters courses with certification and successfully pass the U-M SSW Comprehensive MicroMasters exam.
  • Advanced standing applicants are not eligible for the MicroMasters MSW.
  • Transfer applicants from another MSW program are not eligible for the MicroMasters MSW.

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Program Details


Date Objective
August 2018 – June 1, 2019 Complete MicroMasters courses
October 2018 – March 1, 2019 Meet with MSW admissions counselor for an in person or phone appointment prior to submitting application
October 2018 – March 1, 2019 Apply for MicroMasters MSW. Early application is recommended
By June 15, 2019 Provide the School of Social Work with copies of your certificate of completion for all six MicroMasters courses
July 15, 2019 Complete the Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
August 2019 MSW Program Orientation
September 2019 Fall term begins

Each MicroMasters student will have an individual course planning appointment to plan the completion of required credits. MicroMasters students can complete the MSW degree in three semesters as a full-time student or over six semesters as a part-time student. Note that field begins in the first fall term.

MicroMasters MSW Full-time & Part-time Options

Program Requirements

The 2019-2020 MicroMasters MSW program requires the following:

  • Completion of the six online MicroMasters courses with certification by June 1, 2019:
    • Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change
    • Social Work Practice with Individuals Families and Small Groups
    • Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work
    • Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation
    • Social Work: Research
    • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Oral Evaluation by July 15, 2019
  • Completion of required MSW program courses in three to six terms of enrollment.

Curricular Options

Students must select from the following Practice Method options:

  • Community Organization
  • Interpersonal Practice
  • Management of Human Services
  • Social Policy and Evaluation

Students also must select from the following Practice Area options:

  • Aging in Families and Society
  • Children and Youth in Families and Society
  • Community and Social Systems
  • Health
  • Mental Health

Students also may pursue a specialization or certification in public school social work, global social work, child welfare, aging or human services management.

Students in the MicroMasters MSW program are not eligible to pursue special scholarship programs.

Program Length & Cost

Micro Masters Introductory course $49
Five additional MicroMasters Courses $995
Comprehensive Evaluation Fee $199
Total $1243

After completing the MicroMasters Certificate, students in the MicroMasters MSW program can complete the MSW degree in 3 semesters as a full time student or over 6 semesters as a part time student. The cost for the MicroMasters MSW is equivalent to three semesters of full time tuition.

Financial Aid

There is no financial aid available for the online MicroMasters certificate courses. If accepted into the MicroMasters MSW program at the University of Michigan, students may apply for grants, scholarships, Direct Loans, GradPlus Loans, and college work study. Special program scholarships for programs are not available to MicroMasters MSW students.

For more information please refer to the MSW Guide to Financial Aid.

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