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Frequently Asked Questions

Students are only admitted in the Summer for Advanced Standing or Statewide Blended Programs. They are admitted in the Fall for the regular MSW program.

  1. How do I apply to the MSW program?
  2. Do applicants need to complete the personal statement and/or academic statement for their University Application?
  3. Can applicants send in a hard copy of their application?
  4. Can hard copies of reference letters be sent?
  5. How do I apply to the MSW program at MSU School of Social Work?
  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?

Why should I consider coming to MSU for my MSW degree?

 


 

  1. How do I apply to the MSW program?
    There is a Two Step Process:
    Step 1: Fill out a MSU University Graduate Application and pay their application fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an email that will explain Step 1. Click here to access link for Step 1.
    Step 2: Create a School of Social Work application. Click here to access link for Step 2.

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  2. 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.

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  3. Can applicants send in a hard copy of their application?
    No. All materials have to be submitted on-line.

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  4. Can hard copies of reference letters be sent?
    No. All reference letters have to be submitted on-line. Once you entered the name and email addresses of your referents, yo then need to click the "send request" button. Each referents will receive an email that outlines the areas to be addressed in their letter. This will also include a direct link to your application for them to upload their pdf version of their letter. Click here to access information regarding reference letters.

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  5. How do I apply to the MSW program at MSU School of Social Work?
    There are two steps to applying for the MSW program.
    For the regular MSW Program:
    • Step 1: University Graduate Application
    • Step 2: School of Social Work Application
    • Transcripts
      • Personal and Academic Statement (University Application).   Four applicant questions (you will answer once you create your School of Social Work application.)
      • Three reference letters (You will need to provide the names and email addresses for each referent in your School of Social Work application. Once you have done this, click on the "send request" button. For the University Graduate Application, you can list the same three referents. They do not need to complete the reference letter for the University. They will be required to complete the School of Social Work's process.)
    • Liberal Arts Form
    • Criminal Background Statement Form
    • Blended Addendum (only for those applying to the Statewide Blended Program)
    For the Advanced Standing MSW Program:
    • Step 1: University Graduate Application
    • Step 2: School of Social Work Application
    • Transcripts
      • Personal and Academic Statement (University Application).   Four applicant questions (you will answer once you create your School of Social Work application.)
      • Two reference letters (You will need to provide the names and email addresses for each referent in your School of Social Work application. Once you have done this, click on the "send request" button. For the University Graduate Application, you can list the same three referents. They do not need to complete the reference letter for the University.
    • Personal Essay (These are four questions you will answer once you create your School of Social Work application.)
    • Three reference letters. (You will need to provide the names and email addresses for each referent in your School of Social Work application. Once you have done this, click on the "send request" button. For the University Graduate Application, you can list the same three referents. They do not need to complete the reference letter for the University. They will be required to complete the School of Social Work's process. NOTE: Your third reference will serve as the Field/Employment Performance Assessment Form.)
    • Field/Employment Performance Assessment Form (See NOTE in instructions for reference letters in previous bullet.)
    • Liberal Arts Form
    • Criminal Background Statement Form
    • Blended Addendum (only for those applying to the Statewide Blended Program).

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  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 Joan Reid, Graduate Office Assistant, at 5l7-355-7519. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure all his/her materials have been received.

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  7. What are the requirements for admission to the regular MSW Program?
    Although an undergraduate major or concentration in the social sciences or in social work may be helpful, it is not required for admission to the MSW Program. Specific requirements for admission:
    • A bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.
    • 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.
    • Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work.
    • 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). If you have any questions about acceptable prerequisite courses, please contact Joan Reid, Graduate Office Assistant, at 5l7-355-7519.

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  8. How are admissions to the regular MSW Program determined?
    Admissions will be determined on a combination of factors:
    • 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.
    • Assessment by the faculty of the candidate’s commitment to social work and capacity for the profession as evidenced by the applicant’s written essay, reference letters and/or prior experience.
    • Length and type of work and volunteer experience.
    • Three letters of reference addressing the applicant's academic and professional potential.
    • Diversity considerations.
    • Writing ability based on the applicant’s essay will also be considered.

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  9. What are the requirements for admission to the Advanced Standing MSW Program?
    • All applicants MUST have a bachelor's degree in social work 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.
    • 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 applicant has taken prior course work in graduate level social work classes, you should speak with Karen Newman, Graduate Advisor.
    • Evidence of personal and professional qualities considered important for the practice of social work.

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  10. How are admissions to the Advanced Standing MSW Program determined?
    Admissions will be determined on a combination of factors:
    • Assessment by the faculty of the candidate's commitment to social work and capacity for the profession as evidenced by the applicant’s written essay, reference letters and/or prior experience.
    • Length and type of work and volunteer experience.
    • Two letters of reference and a field/employment assessment from from the undergraduate faculty or agency practicum instructor or from the most recent social work agency at which the applicant was employed.
    • Evidence of personal and professional qualities considered important for the practice of social work.
    • Diversity considerations.
    • Writing ability based on the applicant's essay will also be considered.

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  11. When will applicants be notified of application decisions?
    Applicants will be informed by mail of admissions decisions as they are made. All decisions should be made no later than mid-May.

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  12. If an applicant is rejected, can s/he reapply the following year?
    Yes. A complete application using current forms must be submitted.

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  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.

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  14. When does field instruction begin? Are work-related field placements possible? Is there a choice of field setting? Please also refer to the Field Education FAQs.
    Field Instruction begins during Fall semester and continues through the entire academic year for full-time students. Work-related field placement arrangements for the first placement (First of two) may be possible for students currently employed in social work agencies that meet the School of Social Work's requirements. After an applicant is accepted, the School's Field Instruction Office will send her or him field placement information. Students may not find their own field placements. Field placement for those applying to the part-time program does not begin until the second year of their program.

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  15. Is the TOEFL required?

    Yes, it is required for international students. International applicants must receive a composite score of 580 or more and no subscore below 55 on the paper examination to be considered for regular (non-provisional) admission. On the Internet version of the TOEFL, the minimum acceptable score is 80 with individual subscores of at least 19 in Reading, 22 in Writing, 19 in Listening, and 19 in Speaking. See TOEFL information on 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.

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  16. Is the GRE required?
    No. We do not require the GRE for the MSW program. You also do not need to take these for the University since the School of Social Work does not require them.

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