Frequently asked questions
How do I apply to the MSW program?
Applicants for the Wayne State University (WSU) Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Program complete one application. School and university policies governing each application process are in the current University Graduate Bulletin.
Apply and submit all application material online at https://gradschool.wayne.edu/apply
This includes a fee, submission of official transcripts, resume, personal interest statement, and 3 references. If you previously submitted an application to the School of Social Work or the WSU graduate school, please contact the Wayne State University – School of Social Work, Office of Admissions and Student Services for directions on submitting additional application material.
When should I apply for the BSW or MSW program?
Our application cycle typically opens in September or October to be considered for the following summer for MSW Advanced Standing or fall term for BSW and MSW Core programs. Students are encouraged to submit applications early as we admit students on a rolling admission basis.
Does the MSW program require the GRE?
No, the GRE is not required for admission.
Do I need a BSW degree before I can be admitted to the MSW program?
No, a BSW degree is not required for admission to the MSW program. Students who hold a BSW degree that is five years or less may apply to the MSW Advanced Standing program which begins in the summer semester. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree that is not in social work (or if they have a BSW that is more than 5 years old) may apply for our MSW Core program, which begins in the fall semester.
My GPA is below what you require, can I still apply and will I be considered for admission?
Students who do not meet the 2.75 minimum GPA for admission into the MSW program or the 2.5 minimum GPA for admission into the BSW program are encouraged to meet with one of our academic advisors to learn ways they may strengthen their GPA and application for admission consideration into the program of interest.
I started the MSW program at another school and wish to transfer to the WSU School of Social Work. May I transfer my previous credits?
After a student is admitted, they may submit a Petition to Transfer graduate credit and their request will be reviewed and transferrable credit will be incorporated into their plan of work.
I am not able to start the program this year but would like to take a course or two to get an idea of what the MSW program is like. Is this possible? Will those courses count toward my degree if I am later admitted?
Yes, students may enroll under the Non-Degree status and take up to 9 credits under this status. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss course options, grades needed in coursework, implications for financial aid as well timeline for applying to the MSW program in order for the courses to count.
Do you offer a part-time MSW program?
Yes, please review course plan for our PT programs for the MSW Advanced Standing program and for our MSW Core Program.
Where can I learn about the internship/field placement that is required for the social work program?
Please see this page to review details about field placements for social work programs.
Where can I learn more about the MSW/MPH dual degree program?
Please review details about our MSW/MHP Joint Degree here.
Where can I learn more about the dual title MSW and Infant Mental Health program?
We have an excellent dual title program which you may review here.