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Non-Degree Enrollment

Enrolling for graduate-level social work courses as a non-degree student enables individuals to take one or two courses per term in order to help focus their interests, to test capabilities in a graduate setting, to increase knowledge, or to improve professional skills. Non-degree enrollment is limited to part-time study. A maximum of 15 graduate credit hours earned with a grade of "B" or better as a non-degree student could be applied toward the master of social work degree if that student later applies and is accepted into the MSW program. However, enrolling in courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the MSW degree program. The School of Social Work offers several options to individuals who wish to enroll on a non-degree basis for social work courses:

Non-Candidate for Degree Admission Status

Unclassified Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) is a special admission status appropriate for a student who has earned a bachelor's degree and who wishes to enroll in graduate-level social work courses without entering the degree-granting program. Admission decisions for NCFD status is based on prior academic credentials and the statement of purpose. A student may apply for unclassified NCFD status for any term, although course offerings are extremely limited in spring/summer term. The application and all required supporting materials must be received by the following dates:

  • August 1 for fall term
  • December 1 for winter term
  • April 1 for spring/summer term

The required supporting materials include:

  1. A Special Student/Non-Degree Application
  2. A non-refundable $150 paper application fee or $75 online application fee (submission of PDF via email)
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  4. A brief statement of purpose indicating why you the applicant is seeking enrollment in courses as a non-degree student

Students admitted to NCFD status are not permitted to register until all MSW degree-seeking students have registered. Therefore course registration for any term is dependent on space availability.

For more information and non-degree application materials, see Non-degree/Special Student Enrollment.

Post-MSW Study

Persons who already hold an MSW may enroll for additional graduate-level social work credit as non-degree students. The availability of courses is limited each term, as students enrolled in the MSW degree program have priority in registration.

Students may apply for admission as a special/post-MSW student for any term, although course offerings are extremely limited in spring/summer term. The application and any required supporting materials must be received by the following dates:

  • August 1 for fall term
  • December 1 for winter term
  • April 1 for spring/summer term

The required supporting materials include the following:

  1. A Special Student/Non-Degree Application
  2. A non-refundable $150 paper application fee or $75 online application fee (submission of PDF via email) if the applicant's MSW is not from University of Michigan
  3. An official MSW transcript if the applicant's MSW is not from the University of Michigan
  4. A brief statement of purpose indicating why the applicant is seeking enrollment as a non-degree student

Students admitted as non-degree students are not permitted to register until all MSW degree-seeking students have registered. Therefore course registration for any term is dependent on space availability.

For more information and non-degree application materials, see Non-degree/Special Student Enrollment.

Certificate in Management

A certificate in management is available to experienced social workers who possess an MSW degree from an accredited school of social work. Such practitioners can gain knowledge and skills in several areas: organizational analysis; program design, implementation, and management; funding, budgeting, and fiscal management; personnel management and development; management information systems; program evaluation; and executive leadership.

The certificate program is designed to allow working professionals to complete the requirements in two years. In consultation with the program advisor, students design a program consistent with their professional needs and goals. Nine credit hours of coursework (three-credit courses) are required. All courses are regular graduate-level courses of the School.

For more information and application materials, contact the Office of Student Services.

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