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Online MSW FAQ


  1. Can I transfer in credits to the online program from another MSW program?

    No, transfer students cannot enroll in the online program but students may be able to transfer up to 30 credits into our On-Campus MSW Program.

  2. Can students live outside of the United States and complete the Online MSW Program?

    Yes. Students who live outside of the country must be a U.S. Citizen or have Permanent Residency status. Students outside of the country are also required to complete field placement hours in the United States. Please review the Distance Education Disclosure form for more information.

  3. Do students have to live near Michigan to attend the online MSW program?

    No. Students are not required to live near Michigan for the Online MSW Program, but students are required to complete field placement hours in the United States.

  4. If I complete the MasterTrack certificate program can I apply to the Online MSW degree program?

    You may apply for the Online Master of Social Work (MSW) program before, during, or after starting or completing the MasterTrack Certificate program. Some students may want to have confirmation that they are fully admitted to the MSW program before purchasing the MasterTrack courses. Review the posted deadlines for the Online MSW Program and apply as early as possible.

  5. Who is eligible for the Online MSW?

    The part time online program is designed for advanced learners. We classify advanced learners as those who have advanced standing eligibility or those who have been admitted through the MasterTrack MSW program, MicroMasters MSW program, U-M Sociology and Social Work program, or UM-Dearborn Human Services and Social Work partnership.

Funding and Scholarships

  1. Are Online MSW students eligible for grants and scholarships?

    Online MSW students can apply for need and merit-based grants and scholarships. More information about financial aid can be found here.

  2. Are Online MSW students eligible for work-study positions and teaching assistantships at the University of Michigan?

    Yes, Online MSW students are eligible for work-study, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), or Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) positions. Students must meet the criteria listed on the U-M Human Resources website. Online MSW students must enroll in at least 6 credits in a term to hold a GSI or GSSA position. Positions are posted on the U-M Careers website. Work-study positions are posted on the U-M Student Employment website.

  3. Are special scholarships programs available for online students?

    No, special scholarship programs must be completed through the On-Campus MSW Program 16 month (full time) or Advanced Standing (full time) schedules.

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