Specific Program Criteria

If you want help figuring out which program to apply for, please refer to the MSW Program Options. If you have any questions about admissions, please contact the Graduate Office Support Staff at 5l7-355-7519.

REGULAR MSW PROGRAM
Specific requirements for Regular admission

See below for Additional Requirements for Statewide Blended Regular MSW Program admission

  1. A bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.
  2. Normally a grade-point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.0-point scale) during undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study. The grade point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate courses is primarily considered.
  3. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work.
  4. Prior academic work must reflect a liberal arts perspective (at least nineteen semester credits in humanities and social and natural sciences, such as courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, and languages). 

Admissions will be determined on a combination of factors

  1. Grade point average in undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study. The grade point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate courses is primarily considered.
  2. Assessment by the faculty of the candidate’s commitment to social work and capacity for the profession as evidenced by the applicant’s personal statement, reference letters, and/or prior experience.
  3. Length and type of work and volunteer experience.
  4. Three letters of reference addressing the applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  5. Diversity considerations.
  6. Writing ability based on the applicant’s essay will also be considered.

Additional Requirements for Statewide Blended and Weekend Regular MSW Program admission

Statewide Blended and Weekend Regular MSW Program applicants have additional criteria for admissions. For state by state authorization for online and distance education laws and requirements, please see https://esp.msu.edu/StateSummary.pdf

Joint MSW/JD Program

The admissions criteria for the joint MSW/JD Program are the same as those for the Regular MSW Program, but applicants must be admitted to both programs in order to participate.

Joint MSW/MPH Program

The admissions criteria for the joint MSW/MPH Program are the same as those for the Regular MSW Program, but applicants must be admitted to both programs in order to participate.

Questions? Please email the Graduate Office.


ADVANCED STANDING MSW PROGRAM
Specific requirements for Advanced Standing admission

See below for Additional Requirements for Statewide Blended Advanced Standing MSW Program admission

  1. All applicants MUST have a bachelor's degree in social work granted within the last six years from a program accredited by the CSWE. If the program is not listed in the Council’s current list of accredited undergraduate programs, it is the APPLICANT’S RESPONSIBILITY to provide documentation of a baccalaureate program’s accreditation status. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT WILL BE MADE.

    In order to be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing, your bachelor’s degree in social work MUST be conferred before the program begins summer semester.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) during undergraduate studies. The grade point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate courses is also considered. Applicants with GPAs lower than 3.25 will not be considered for the Advanced Standing. If you have taken prior course work in graduate level social work classes, you should contact the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Advisor.
  3. Evidence of personal and professional qualities considered important for the practice of social work.

Admissions will be determined on a combination of factors

  1. Assessment by the faculty of the candidate’s commitment to social work and capacity for the profession as evidenced by the applicant’s personal statement, reference letters, and/or prior experience.
  2. Length and type of work and volunteer experience.
  3. Two letters of reference and a field/employment assessment from the undergraduate faculty or agency practicum instructor or from the most recent social work agency at which the applicant was employed. 
  4. Evidence of personal and professional qualities considered important for the practice of social work.
  5. Diversity considerations.
  6. Writing ability based on the applicant’s essay will also be considered.

Additional Requirements for Statewide Blended Advanced Standing MSW Program admission

Joint MSW/MPH Program

The admissions criteria for the joint MSW/MPH Program are the same as those for the Advanced Standing MSW Program, but applicants must be admitted to both programs in order to participate.

Questions? Please email the Graduate Office.