Admission Criteria

If you have questions about which program is appropriate for you, please refer to the MSW Program Options or contact Stephanie McCann.

If you have questions about the admission process, please contact the Graduate Office Support Staff at 517-355-7519 or swgradoffice@ssc.msu.edu.

Requirements for admission to the Regular MSW Program

  1. A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized institution (NOTE: Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are not accepted)
  2. 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).

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

Requirements for admission to the Advanced Standing MSW Program

  1. A Bachelor's of Arts in Social Work granted within the last six years from a program accredited by the CSWE. If the program is not listed in CSWE’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.

Statewide Blended Advanced Standing 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

For more information, please see the How to Apply.