Admission requirements

MSW Advanced Standing students begin in the summer term and Core students begin in the fall term. 

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.

  • CORE: Only those who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline besides Social Work are eligible to apply for this status. The program begins fall term. All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline of June 1.
  • ADVANCED STANDING: Only students who hold a baccalaureate degree of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program are eligible to apply for this status. The 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 May 1.

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

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. 

Steps to apply

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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.

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 Socal Work or the WSU graduate school, please contact the Wayne State University – School of Social Work, Office of Admissions and Student Services at sswadmissions@wayne.edu for directions on submitting additional application material.

The School of Social Work at Wayne State University welcomes all applicants for our social work programs. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on any basis, including history of criminal background in admissions consideration.  We do not discriminate or deny anyone admission based on criminal history; it is important for applicants to disclose information about background so that they understand any possible professional restrictions related to certain crimes.

MSW information meetings

The School of Social Work conducts bi-weekly information meetings on its programs. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings prior to applying.