- Comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, and
- for Regular Standing admission:
- a combination of courses equivalent to SW 100 Exploring Social Work and SW 230 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
- at least a 3 credit course in Statistics, Research Methods, or Quantitative Reasoning
- at least a 3 credit course in Biology (must include human biology content)
- at least 10 credits in some combination of the following content areas
- Lifespan Development
- for Advanced Standing admission:
- a B.S.W. degree from a CSWE-accredited institution, or recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors, conferred no more than five years prior to the date of application
- a Cumulative GPA of 3.25 with no BSW courses falling below a B+ (3.3 GPA)
If it is determined that preparation is insufficient, applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis, requiring that applicants complete specific courses recommended by the program director prior to starting the MSW program.
All Applicants must submit:
- Graduate admission application and fee.
- Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
- A personal statement demonstrating interest in social work, career goals, commitment to values and ethics of the profession, and program preferences.
- Three academic or professional letters of recommendation.
Application Due Dates
Regular Standing: There are two deadlines for applications. The first on December 1st, is for early-decision makers only. Early decision makers are applicants who are already committed to attending NMU for their MSW, whereas regular applicants may be considering and applying to other institutions. Regular applicants must submit their applications no later than February 28th.
Advanced Standing: The deadline to apply for Advanced Standing is December 1st.
Master of Social Work Curriculum
Advanced Standing = 36 credits, Regular Standing = 50 credits
For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Social Work department page.
Bulletin Year: 2022 - 2023 Graduate Bulletin
|Total Credits Required||36 - 50|
Graduate courses in other disciplines may be accepted as meeting elective requirements as approved by the MSW Program Director or designee.
In order to be retained in the MSW program, students must act within the professional standards outlined in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Graduates must meet the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin in addition to the following:
- Complete the minimum number of credits for the chosen degree track
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA
- Successfully complete capstone course SW 682