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MSW Program Application FAQ

  1. Can I enter the MSW program without completing a bachelor's degree?

    Yes. Each year up to ten students can be admitted through our Non-Baccalaureate Admissions status. The goal of this provision is to provide an opportunity for individuals with extensive, successful experience in social work to obtain the MSW degree without first obtaining a bachelor's degree.

  2. Can I visit the School before I apply?

    Yes, we encourage prospective students to visit the School of Social Work. Prospective students are invited to attend one of our Prospective Student Group Sessions, which are held once or twice per month from September through April. The School can also arrange an individualized visit for prospective students, which includes attending a class, lunch with a current student, and a meeting with an admissions counselor. Contact the Office of Student Services (734.936.0961) to sign up for a Prospective Student Group Session or schedule an individual appointment.

  3. Do I need a BSW before I can be admitted to the MSW program?

    No, a BSW is not required for admission to the MSW program. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The majority of our students hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts discipline (psychology, sociology, etc.), but we also have students with backgrounds in business, engineering, law, etc.

  4. Do you offer a part-time MSW program at the University of Michigan?

    We offer an Extended Degree program (partial part-time program) which allows students to complete the first half (30 semester hours) of the program on a part-time basis. The remaining 30 semester hours must be completed on a full-time basis (minimum 9 credit hours per semester) over two or three semesters. Students are required to enroll in field instruction after acquiring 15 credit hours of coursework and must spend 2-3 terms fulfilling their field instruction requirements.

  5. 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 to receive general guidelines.

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

    At Michigan, Advanced Standing students complete the program in 12 months. Students in our full time four term programs complete the program in either 16 months or 20 months. For Extended Degree students the maximum time frame is four years.

  7. 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 415 students. In 2017 the MSW program received over 1,249 applications. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

  8. 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.

    To qualify for the Advanced Standing program students must:

    • Have at least a 3.5 GPA over the last 60 – 75 semester credit hours (90 - 105 quarter credit hours) based on their final BSW transcript.
    • Have completed a BSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.
    • Be able to complete the MSW degree requirements within six years of receipt of their BSW.

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