MSW Application Process

MSW Home > Apply to MSW Program

Applications open: September 1, 2020 for the 2021 academic year
(PLEASE NOTE: Applications started prior to September 1 will not be considered)

Early bird deadline: December 1, 2020

Final deadline: January 10, 2021

To complete the application process you need to complete the following. Click on the link for each item for more information as well as tips for putting together a strong application or download a PDF with complete instructions here. You can also download and print this checklist to make sure you submit all the required pieces.

  1. Complete an online application. See our Online Application Instructions for more information.
  2. Request an official copy of your transcripts be sent via email to or mailed to:
    Graduate Programs
    School of Social Work
    655 Auditorium Road
    239 Baker Hall
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    An official copy is one that is generated by the institution and submitted in a sealed envelope by the institution. Unofficial transcripts submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from MSU (or who are expecting one by May) do not need to submit transcripts.
  3. Complete the following through the graduate education student portal.
  4. International applicants: review the additional requirements on the International Admissions page.
  5. Pay your $65 application fee. (NOTE: Once you have paid the fee and submitted your application you will not be able to make changes).
  6. Log in to the student portal regularly to view your application status and respond to any messages in the E-Message Center.

    Communication about your application will be made through the student portal. Make sure notifications from the portal are not going to your Spam and log in to the portal regularly.

    You are responsible for making sure all information is complete and required documents are uploaded in a timely manner.

Instructional Videos for the Application Process

We have created a series of instructional videos to help you navigate the application process.

Screenshot of beginning of our MSW Application Instructional Videos