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MSW Program Application FAQ

  1. 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 430 students. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

  2. 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.

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  3. If admission is granted to the MSW Program, is an enrollment deposit required?

    Yes, a $300 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class. The enrollment deposit is applied to your student account. If paying the enrollment deposit will create a financial hardship, please contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at or (734) 936-0961.

  4. 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

  5. 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...

  6. 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.)

  7. What criteria does the admissions committee utilize in making admission decisions?

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

  8. What is the average GPA for admitted students?

    The average incoming student GPA is 3.5. However, we accept a wide range of GPAs, as each application is reviewed individually and evaluated based on a number of factors including:

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