Admission Requirements

Application Information

All applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as admissions will close once program capacity has been reached. Applications may be submitted up to one year prior to the start of the beginning term of the program. Thus, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and submit all application materials as early as possible. Earlier admission is best for scholarship eligibility, field placement and course section availability. All students admitted to the MSW program must attend a mandatory orientation.

MSW - Pre-Candidate Master with Advanced Standing Status: Only students who hold a baccalaureate degree of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program are eligible to apply for this status. Program begins Summer Term. Applicants applying to the advanced standing program must have a B.S.W. degree that was awarded five years or less from their admission to the advanced standing program. Those with a B.S.W. degree older than five years may apply to the core program.

All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline of March 1.

MSW - Core/Regular Status: Only those who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline besides Social Work are eligible to apply for this status. Program begins Fall Term.

All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline of April 1.

Bi-Weekly Information Meetings

The School of Social Work conducts bi-weekly information meetings on its programs. Schedules of MSW meetings are available at https://socialwork.wayne.edu/msw/info-meetings.php. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings prior to applying.

View M.S.W Informational Meeting PDF

Required Documentation

The links below are guides for submitting required documentation for the online application

MSW application instructions

Admission Statement Guidelines

Personal Resume Guidelines

Applicants must complete 30 semester credits in academic work, distributed in the social and biological sciences and in the humanities, and demonstrate suitability and fitness for the profession and the ability to undertake successfully graduate professional education in social work.

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