Online Application Instructions


Early bird deadline: December 1, 2020

Priority deadline: January 10, 2021

Extended deadline: February 8, 2021

Leave the Personal and Academic statements on the online application blank. You will upload an Applicant Statement to the Student Portal.

+Applicant Statement instructions

This statement must be submitted with your application for admission. Please upload to the graduate education student portal as a “Statement of purpose/intent”.

You are expected to organize your personal statement into a cohesive essay, rather than a list of discrete answers to the questions posed. In other words, you should use the questions to guide your personal statement but organize it like an essay or paper. The personal statement is a critical part of the application: We will assess your ability to address the questions, as well as your writing skills, and fit with our MSW program. Your statement should be double-spaced, 12 pt font, and a maximum of 5 pages long. If you choose to reference scholarly or other sources, be sure to cite appropriately using APA format. A reference page will not count to the 5-page page limit.

The NASW Code of Ethics is a guide for professional social work conduct. The principles outlined in the Code address our ethical responsibility to clients, colleagues, employers, the social work profession, and to society. These include the core values in which our mission is rooted: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

After reviewing the Code of Ethics:

  • Discuss a current societal problem that drew you to social work. Choose one of the core values and discuss how it relates to this problem and your goals as a social work professional? What skills and knowledge do you plan to obtain from the MSU MSW program to help you develop this core value and address the problem?
  • Describe how your personal and intellectual qualifications and past human service experience are relevant to furthering social justice and assisting the most economically and social disadvantaged groups in our society as a whole. Discuss a core value you that you have demonstrated through these experiences. Please use specific examples.

You may save your application and return to it later.

However, once you have submitted your application and paid the application fee your application will be locked and you will not be able to make any changes!

Make sure your information is complete before final submission.

To complete the online application you will need the following information.

  • First Semester to Enroll
    • For Regular MSW, select Fall semester
    • For Advanced Standing, select Summer semester
  • Major preference (under the College of Social Science)
    • For Regular Clinical, select 4493 – Clinical Social Work (MSW) – (Masters)
    • For Regular Organization and Leadership, select 7724 – Organization & Community Leadership (MSW) – (Masters)
    • For Advanced Standing Clinical, select 4502 – Clinical Social Work – Advanced Standing – (Masters)
    • For Advanced Standing Organization and Leadership, select 7723 – Organization & Community Leadership – Advanced Standing – (Masters)

Click for more information on Clinical versus Organizational Community Leadership.

Departmental questions

  • Area(s) of interest – select which program option you would like to apply to.
    • East Lansing Full Time
    • East Lansing Part-Time
    • Flint Full Time
    • Flint Part-Time
    • Oakland Full Time
    • Oakland Part-Time
    • Mid-Michigan Full Time
    • Mid-Michigan Part-Time
    • Statewide Blended
    • Weekend
  • If you are applying to a joint degree, select one. (PLEASE NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the Law School or the School of Public Health separately).
  • Indicate which, if any, of our certificate or scholars programs you are interested in. (PLEASE NOTE: You will not complete a certificate application until you are accepted into the MSW program).
  • For Advanced Standing applicants, if you are not able to get at least one letter of recommendation from a previous field practicum supervisor or from someone at your undergraduate field office, briefly explain why.
  • For Regular MSW applicants, if your undergrad GPA is below a 3.0, briefly explain the circumstances and why you believe you are now able to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a graduate program.