MSW Program admission is currently granted for the fall semester only. Students must meet admission requirements set by both the MSU School of Graduate Studies and the MSU School of Social Work MSW Program. Please visit MSU School of Graduate Studies for more information regarding admission requirements. The posted deadline for applications applies to all supporting documents. The MSW Program does not receive applications for review from the School of Graduate Studies until they are complete with resume, background statement, 3 recommendations, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Regular standing applicants:
- MSW Program Schedule
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be sent from the college directly to the MSU School of Graduate Studies in order to be considered official.
A 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required for regular admission.
Students with a 2.5 - 2.9 GPA may be admitted conditionally.
Three Letters of Recommendation. Recommendations are to be from employers, professors or volunteer/internship supervisors, rather than colleagues or personal references.
Personal Background Statement. This statement is to include professional and personal goals, career objectives, and discussion of a social issue of importance to the applicant.
Resume. Include education, professional and volunteer experience, academic achievements and professional accomplishments, particularly those that are relevant to social work.
Interview. May be requested by the MSW Admissions Committee.
Advanced standing applicants:
- The applicant must meet the admission criteria for the MSW Program;
- The applicant must have graduated from a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program accredited by the Council on Social Work Educatipn (CSWE) within the last 5 years. Applicants who are still enrolled in their BSW program should apply following the first semester of their senior year. Acceptance to Advanced Standing would be conditional, pending receipt of final qualifying grades and confirmation of the BSW degree;
- The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no grade lower than a B in any Social Work course.
- Complete and submit the general MSW Application through the School of Graduate Studies; Within this application, students who meet the eligibility requirements above shouold indicate their interest within the Statement of Goals section of the application (i.e. "One of my goals is to be admitted into the Advanced Standing program.")
- Submit an Advanced Standing recommendation form completed by the BSW Chair to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Submit an Advanced Standing recommendation form completed by the BSW Field Education Department. This form is to be completed by one of the following: Director, Assistant Director, Field Liaison, or Field Supervisor;
- Upon receipt of both recommendation forms, the applicant will receive an email notification to schedule an Advanced Standing Interview;
- Applicants will receive an Advanced Standing determination within two weeks of completing their interview. If it is determined that an applicant is denied for Advanced Standing, the applicant's initial offer to attend the 60-credit program remains.
OMSW regular standing applicants:
- OMSW Program Information
- OMSW Program Schedule
- Advanced standing is not available in the MSW Online Program at this time.
- The MSW Online Program incorporates a Foundation Curriculum that focuses on the development of generalist social work practice knowledge and skills, and an Advanced Curriculum which enables students to develop specialized knowledge and skills in a selected social work field of practice (i.e., area of specialized practice). The Specialized/Advanced Curriculum builds on the Generalist Curriculum, broadening students' knowledge and skills in depth and breadth. It is comprised of a set of advanced core courses as well as specialized courses in the student's chosen area of specialized practice. Students also take elective courses that enrich their knowledge of social work issues and practice in urban social work.
*Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made to the applicant. The decision of the Program Admission Committee involves a review and analysis of all the elements of the application as well as the availability of positions in the program. The committee then recommends to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that an offer of admission should be made based on that review. You will receive official notification, via email and mail, from the School of Graduate Studies once all admission processes are complete.
For information regarding deadlines, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
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