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Student Services FAQ

  1. What is a Pathway and how do I choose one?

  2. What is the average GPA for admitted students?

    The average incoming student GPA is 3.5 over the past 60-75 semester credit hours (90 - 105 quarter credit hours) on the undergraduate transcripts provided at the time of application. However, GPA is only one of the criteria utilized for admission and applicants with GPAs lower than 3.5 are often offered admission. There is no minimum GPA.

  3. What is the difference between the 16 and 20 month programs? How do I decide which one to choose?

    Both tracks or curriculum schedules are four semesters in length; however 16 month students attend courses and complete fieldwork over the spring/summer semester whereas 20 month students do not.

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    • 1 field placement for 3 semesters
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  4. What is the estimated cost of attendance for the MSW Program?

    The 2018-2019 student budget for tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and personal expenses is $51,412 for Michigan residents; $68,112 for non residents for two semesters of full-time enrollment. The Regents of the University set tuition and fees in July of each year; so costs are subject to increase each year.

    To learn more about tuition fees and expenses please visit the Financial Aid section.

  5. What is the MSW application fee?

    The application fee is $75 if you submit the online web application and $150 if you submit a paper application. If you cannot afford the application fee, please contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (734-936-0961) or email ssw.msw.info@umich.edu for information on obtaining a fee waiver.

  6. What is the student of color enrollment?

    The fall 2017 incoming MSW class was comprised of 28% students of color and 15 international students from six different countries.

  7. What is the typical class size?

    About half of the MSW course sections have 25 - 30 students and about half have fewer than 25 students. Occasionally, but infrequently, sections are combined into a larger sections (approximately 40-50 students) to provide students with a more rich academic experience.

  8. What materials must be submitted in order for my MSW application to be considered complete?

    Applicants must submit the following*:

    • School of Social Work MSW application
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including transfer and study abroad
    • Supplementary Statement (maximum 3 pages double-spaced)
    • Three recommendation forms and/or letters
    • Current resume
    • Application fee

    *Non-native speakers of English, non-BA, transfer, and International applicants must submit additional materials.

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