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The University of Michigan School of Social Work is excited to offer both a Part-time Online MSW Program and an On Campus MSW Program. Applicants that meet the admissions and program criteria are welcome to apply to either or both programs.

On Campus MSW Program

Admission to the on-campus Master of Social Work program as a degree-seeking student is limited to the fall term only. Each fall, approximately 430 new students enter the MSW program on campus.

Part-Time Online MSW Program

Each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer term, approximately 30 students will begin the Online MSW program. Application deadlines for each semester will vary based upon the admissions options and term. More information can be found on the Part-Time Online MSW page.

  On Campus MSW Applicants International & Non-Baccalaureate On Campus MSW Applicants Online MSW Applicants
Early Application Deadline December 1, 2021 December 1, 2021 Information & Deadlines
Priority Deadline March 1, 2022 February 1, 2022 Information & Deadlines
Application Deadline August 1, 2022 March 1, 2022 Information & Deadlines

Note: U-M CASC Minor, U-M Sociology & SW and UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW students submitting a fall 2022 MSW application during their junior year for fall 2023 consideration must apply by February 1.


Applicants are required to review the School of Social Work website and Instructions for MSW Application before completing the MSW application. The application form provides information upon which decisions for admission are based and it is imperative to give complete and accurate data. The School reserves the right to withdraw an application and/or revoke an offer of admission if full and accurate information is not provided to the School in a timely manner.

We utilize a modified rolling admissions process and encourage applicants to submit the application and all supporting documents at the earliest date possible.


New Students

Previous MSW applicants who were not offered admission, were admitted but did not enroll, or enrolled but withdrew in their first term of enrollment must follow the regular application procedures to apply for a future term. Prior application materials are kept on file for one year. Please contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management to confirm that your previous application is on file. If your previous application is still on file, you will not need to submit another set of official transcripts from the colleges/universities attended or submit three new letters of recommendation. However, applicants are required to submit official transcripts for any additional academic work completed since their last application, one additional relevant supporting recommendation, and a new supplementary statement in addition to the MSW application form and application fee.

Re-apply through the MSW Application »

Returning Students

Previously enrolled MSW students at the University of Michigan who have withdrawn from the MSW program after completion of one or more credits of coursework must complete and submit a Re-Application Form for Returning MSW Students at least six weeks prior to the term for which readmission is requested. If enrollment in field instruction is desired, reapplication must be made several months prior to the desired term of enrollment to allow time for field placement planning. Students applying to return to the MSW degree program must submit a written plan with their reapplication form, describing their plans for completion of the remainder of their degree requirements. This plan should be detailed and include an expected graduation date. Former students follow the curriculum requirements that were in effect when they first entered the MSW program. If this is not possible due to curriculum changes, consultation with the associate dean for educational programs may be necessary. Returning students should plan their return for a term that is consistent with their previous curriculum schedule (16- or 20-month curriculum schedule), if possible. Students should not plan to return in the spring/summer term without prior consultation with their faculty advisor and the Office of Field Education due to the limited spring/summer course offerings and field instruction policies. No re-application fee is required for students previously enrolled in the MSW program. Former MSW students who were on academic probation may be required to submit additional materials for review by the associate dean for educational programs.

If a student experiences an un-natural break in field placement for any reason, they may be required to complete a Return to Field Placement Action Plan. The student's Action Plan will be reviewed and approved by the assigned Field Faculty and must also have the approval of the Assistant Dean of Field Education.

Application Tips

Applicants should consider the following tips when applying to the School of Social Work:

  • Apply as early as possible.
  • Review the application instructions to ensure the submission of a complete and accurate application.
  • Review the Criteria for Admission prior to submitting the application.
  • Provide an academic recommendation if possible.
  • Provide a professional recommendation if possible (e.g., from someone who managed a setting or supervised the applicant in a human service-related paid, volunteer, internship, or research services environment).
  • Fully complete the work experience section.
  • Address all three topics in your Supplementary Statement.
  • Thoroughly proofread the Supplementary Statement.
  • Submit the financial aid application for the School of Social Work with the application for admission. (This will not impact the admissions decision, but is required for SSW merit- or need-based financial aid consideration.)
  • Complete and submit the FAFSA at the earliest date possible.
  • If interested, submit a special program application. (This will not impact the MSW admissions decision.)
  • Call (734) 936-0961 or email the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management with any questions.


The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.

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