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Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree — Regular MSW Path Admissions Requirements & Curriculum

Regular MSW Path

Individuals interested in obtaining a Master of Social Work qualify for the regular admission program having earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or having earned their BSW from an accredited institution more than 5 years ago.

The second-round application period is January 9, 2023, until February 17, 2023, at 11:59PM. Classes begin in July 2023.

The Regular MSW program is cohort-based and begins in the Summer (July) each year and has two options for completion:

  • Full-time (2 academic years)
  • Part-time (3 academic years)

Already Applied?

Applicants from the October - December 2022 application cycle will be evaluated prior to processing the second round of applicants. If you completed your application between October - December you do not need to apply again.

Decisions for the October - December applications will be announced around the middle of February. Applicants to our late application period (opening soon) should anticipate receiving decisions by the end of February.

Each application cycle provides opportunities to pursue either the Regular Path (starts at the end of June) or the Advanced Standing (BSW, starts in May 2023) Degree Path.

Regular MSW Path Criteria

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university (including a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree more than 5 years old).
  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher, in the most recent 60 credits. Students with GPAs lower than 3.0 may submit a statement of petition to be considered for admission.
  • Application Materials: Professional Reflection and Written Statement for MSW Applicants (60KB)
  • 3 Professional References

Regular MSW Path Curriculum

View MSW Course Catalog

The MSW program consists of 59 graduate-level social work credits for regular MSW students.

Foundation Courses (31 cr)

Students admitted to the Regular MSW program must complete the Foundation courses.

  • SW 500 - Foundations of Advanced Generalist SW 2 cr
  • SW 520 - Social Work Policy 3 cr
  • SW 531 - Supervision, Leadership & Diagnosis 3 cr
  • SW 540 - Social Work Research I 3 cr
  • SW 541 - Social Work Research II 3 cr
  • SW 551 - Application & Integration of HBSE & Policy 3 cr
  • SW 560 - Social Work Practice I 3 cr
  • SW 561 - Social Work Practice II 3 cr
  • SW 580 - Social Work Field Education I 4 cr
  • SW 581 - Social Work Field Education II 4 cr

Advanced Generalist Core (22 cr)

All students must complete the Advanced Generalist Core courses.

  • SW 630 - Human Services Management 3 cr
  • SW 640 - Applied Research 2 cr
  • SW 641 - Integrative Project 3 cr
  • SW 660 - Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice I 3 cr
  • SW 661 - Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice II 3 cr
  • SW 680 - Social Work Field Education IV 4 cr
  • SW 681 - Social Work Field Education V 4 cr


All MSW students must select a minimum of six credits of graduate SW electives. Electives will be scheduled based on faculty availability.

  • SW 690 - Special Topics in Advanced Social Work 1-6 cr * (This course may be repeated for up to 9 credits.)




Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230

Denise E. Dedman, PhD, ACSW, LMSW MSW Program Coordinator Associate Professor, Department of Social Work & Youth Services
Health & Human Services 239
(989) 964-2591

Tanika Williams
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(989) 461-2050