Master of Social Work Admissions
Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider earning my MSW degree at Michigan State University?

  1. After being admitted, what semester do students start their program?
  2. How do I apply to the MSW program?
  3. Do applicants need to complete the personal statement and/or academic statement for their University Application?
  4. Can applicants send in a hard copy of their application?
  5. Can hard copies of reference letters be sent?
  6. When will an applicant be contacted regarding the status of their application?
  7. What are the requirements for admission to the regular MSW Program?
  8. How are admissions to the regular MSW Program determined?
  9. What are the requirements for admission to the Advanced Standing MSW Program?
  10. How are admissions to the Advanced Standing MSW Program determined?
  11. When will applicants be notified of application decisions?
  12. If an applicant is rejected, can s/he reapply the following year?
  13. Is financial aid available?
  14. When does field instruction begin? Are work-related field placements possible? Is there a choice of field setting?
  15. Is the TOEFL required?
  16. Is the GRE required?

Statewide Blended and Weekend MSW Program FAQs coming soon

 


 

  1. After being admitted, what semester do students start their program?
    Students are only admitted for the Summer semester for Advanced Standing or Statewide Blended Programs. They are admitted for the Fall semester for the Regular MSW program.
  2. How do I apply to the MSW program?
    All applicants to Michigan State University graduate programs use the online application system through the Office of Admissions. There are three steps to complete the application process; detailed information about how to do this and what is required is found HERE.
  3. Do applicants need to complete the personal statement and/or academic statement for their University Application?
    Yes. You do need to complete the personal statement and/or the academic statement for your application to the University. Detailed information about this and what is required is found HERE.
  4. Can applicants send in a hard copy of their application?
    No. All materials have to be submitted on-line.Detailed information about this and what is required is found HERE.
  5. Can hard copies of reference letters be sent?
    No. All reference letters have to be submitted on-line. Detailed information about this and what is required is found HERE.
  6. When will an applicant be contacted regarding the status of their application?
    Applicants can check the status of their application on-line. You will be able to see what material is missing and can make changes until the application is complete. At any time during the admissions process, an applicant may contact the Graduate Office at 5l7-355-7519. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure all his/her materials have been received.
  7. What are the requirements for admission to the Regular MSW Program?
    Detailed information about this and what is required is found HERE.
    Additional information about eligibility for the Statewide Blended Regular MSW Program are found in this document.
    Additional information about eligibility for the Weekend Regular MSW Program are found in this document.
  8. How are admissions to the Regular MSW Program determined?
    Admissions are determined on a combination of factors. Detailed information about this is found HERE.
  9. What are the requirements for admission to the Advanced Standing MSW Program?
    Detailed information about this is found HERE.
    Additional information about eligibility for the Statewide Blended Advanced Standing MSW Program are found in this document.
  10. How are admissions to the Advanced Standing MSW Program determined?
    Detailed information about this is found HERE.
  11. When will applicants be notified of application decisions?
    All correspondence will be done through the E-message center within the account portal, so we encourage all applicants to check back regularly for updates and decisions. All decisions should be made no later than mid-May.
  12. If an applicant is rejected, can s/he reapply the following year?
    Yes. A new complete application using current forms must be submitted.
  13. Is financial aid available?
    Yes. Michigan State University and the School of Social Work have a number of programs to help financially support social work students. Please refer to the Financial Aid information.
  14. When does field instruction begin? Are work-related field placements possible? Is there a choice of field setting?
    Please refer to the Field Education FAQs.
  15. Is the TOEFL required?
    Yes, it is required for international students. See the Graduate School website for further information. Prior to enrolling for Social Work courses, all international applicants must be assessed by the MSU's English Language Center.
  16. Is the GRE required?
    No. We do not require the GRE for the MSW program. You also do not need to take the GRE for the University since the School of Social Work does not require it.