MSW Regular Cohort Begins!

Our new 2021 MSW Regular Admissions students begin the Summer semester.



MSW application opens!

Visit svsu.edu/application to get started!



MSW application closes!

Don't wait to submit your application!  



Supplemental application documents are due!

All application requirements must be received by this deadline for consideration to join the cohorts beginning in 2022.



Admissions Decisions Announced on or before this date!



MSW Advanced Standing Cohort Begins!

Our new 2022 MSW Advanced Standing students begin the Spring semester.



MSW Regular Cohort Begins!

Our new 2022 MSW Regular Admissions students begin the Summer semester.

Application Details

Professional Statement & Critical Response

Applicants will be assessed on their ability to write at the graduate level, to apply critical and creative thinking, and to apply an understanding of the profession to social problems. In addition, applicants’ personal statements will be assessed on the basis of suitability for the MSW program mission and focus on Advanced Generalist practice. Writing samples will be scored on the following criteria: clarity, content, critical and creative thinking, organization and structure, and graduate-level grammar and writing mechanics. See Professional Reflection (20KB)


Please upload a copy of your current resume. 

NASW Code of Conduct

The SVSU Master of Social Work program graduates candidates must adhere to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.  As part of your application to the program, you will need to confirm you have fully read and agree to adhere to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Please review the Code of Ethics before completing your application.


In the application, you will need to identify your previous institutions attended. You will also need to contact those institutions and request official copies of your transcripts to be sent to Saginaw Valley State University. 

All transcripts must be sent from university to university. For expedited processing, please select e-delivery and when possible send them to our Grad Admissions office: gradadm@svsu.edu

SVSU alumni do not need to request official transcripts as they will already be part of your student record. 


Before you submit your application, you will be prompted to add recommendation providers. You will be asked to provide the contact information for each of your three (3) recommenders.  Upon receiving this information, Graduate Admissions will email your recommendation providers with an online recommendation form that can be completed and submitted electronically.  

Advanced Standing applicants must have one of the three recommendation providers familiar with his/her undergraduate field experience.

On or after October 11, 2021, please click here to access the online application. 

  • Make the appropriate selections for the application: 
    • Graduate
    • Domestic or International
    • MSW
    • 2021-2022 (Coursework will begin either Spring 2022 or Summer 2022 depending on admission, both of which are in the 2020-2021 academic year)


Application System

If you are new to SVSU or haven't applied since 2018, please complete the option to create your account. 

  • Our application system allows you to log in and out of your application saving your progress along the way so you can thoughtfully submit your application when you're ready.  After your application's submission, you will also use the system to upload any required documents and check on the status of your recommendations.  After decisions are available, you'll also use this portal to access your admission letter. 

If you have recently applied to SVSU (since August 2018), please log in as an existing user.  If you don't remember your login credentials, select Forgot Username/Password to continue.  Please note that your application credentials are not tied to the SVSU system and would remain the unique username/password used in your previous application.

  • Any active applications will be stored in your account. Be sure when you log in to interact with the 2021-2022 Graduate MSW Application.


Application Submission

  • When you go to submit your application, you'll be prompted to add your recommendation providers' contact information.  Your application will not be submitted until these are successfully added.
  • Submit
  • Log in to the Self-Service Center to upload all additional requirements. SVSU students do not need to request official SVSU transcripts; this will be automatically processed if SVSU is listed as an institution attended in the application.


Applications must be submitted by the November 27, 2021 deadline.  All outstanding supplemental documents must be received by the December 11, 2021 deadline for applications to be reviewed for admission.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions at (989) 964.6096 or email gradadm@svsu.edu.

The online application for the 2022 Class will open on October 11, 2021

Application forms must be submitted by November 27, 2021.  

All outstanding supplemental documents (uploads, transcripts, and recommendations) must be received by December 11, 2021, in order to be reviewed for admission.


Admission notifications will be provided to applicants on or before February 1, 2021.  SVSU will send these notifications to the applicant's email address used to submit the application.

Need help right now?

  • Watch our YouTube Application demonstration (below) to see how we navigate the application. 
  • Contact Graduate Admissions at (989) 964.6096 or email gradadm@svsu.edu.

Having trouble with the Application? Check out our how-to video!


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230

Lucy Mercier MSW Program Coordinator
Health & Human Services 250
(989) 964-4077

Financial Aid
Wickes Hall 170