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Online MSW FAQ

Funding and Scholarships

  1. Can Online MSW students apply for loans?

    Yes, Online MSW students may submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for federal loans.

  2. Can Online MSW students complete teaching assistantships or work-study positions remotely?

    Students should reach out directly to hiring departments to inquire if work can be conducted in a remote manner. Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) or Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) remotely positions will be posted on the U-M Careers website. Work-study positions are posted on the U-M Student Employment website.

General Online MSW

  1. Can students switch between the Online and On-Campus programs?

    It is strongly recommended that students who are interested in both the on-campus and online program, apply for both the Online Program and the On-Campus programs.

  2. Can the Online MSW degree be completed Full-time?

    No, the online degree can only be completed part-time.

  3. How long does it take to complete the Online MSW degree?

    Students will complete the Online MSW Program on a part time basis over seven semesters (two years and four months). Students who are admitted through the MasterTrack or MicroMasters MSW Program option will complete additional coursework prior to the seven semester program.

  4. Is the Online MSW program offered through the School of Social Work or the Rackham Graduate School at U-M?

    The Online and On-Campus MSW programs are offered through the School of Social Work, which is separate from the Rackham Graduate School.

  5. Is the Online Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)?

    Yes, this program is accredited by CSWE.

  6. Is there a difference between the Online and On-campus MSW Programs?

    Yes, the online MSW program will only be offered as part-time for those interested in our Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway. Students can complete our on-campus MSW program either full-time or part-time. Our evening part time program is also limited to the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway.

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