The University of Michigan-Flint’s (UM-Flint) online Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers a flexible learning environment where you can cultivate your passion for helping people in your community and enact positive change.

Specially designed with working professionals in mind, our MSW program coursework utilizes a 100% online format, offering a combination of asynchronous and synchronous courses. Our program also delivers community-based learning and extensive internship opportunities to develop your practical expertise.
With full-time and part-time options available for regular standing and advanced standing status, our MSW program offers flexible options to fit your busy life.

100% online coursework and in-person internship

At UM-Flint, we understand that flexibility is essential to helping you reach your goals. Our MSW program provides flexible online coursework to build a solid theoretical foundation and immersive in-person internship experiences to refine your skills as a social work practitioner. 

Our MSW program offers an online learning format (synchronous and asynchronous classes). You can complete your asynchronous courses on your own time and attend our synchronous courses via Zoom in the evenings, allowing you to earn your degree without pausing your career.

Along with the online coursework, you complete an in-person internship at a social service agency in your area of residence. Your internship will connect coursework with real-world learning experiences in a professional social work setting.

Optional in-person, on-campus touchpoints will provide opportunities to engage in meaningful interactions with faculty and peers.

Our online MSW program accommodates your busy life by providing numerous enrollment options, including part-time and full-time for regular-standing (non-BSW) and advanced-standing students (BSW with  3.0 GPA or higher).

Beginning in fall 2024, UM-Flint will offer a part-time* regular-standing program for students with bachelor’s degrees in a field other than social work. The full-time*, regular-standing MSW option begins in fall 2025.

In fall 2025, UM-Flint will launch a part-time advanced-standing MSW program. In fall 2026, enrollment for a full-time advanced-standing MSW program will begin. 

If you have earned a bachelor’s in social work (BSW) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible for the advanced standing MSW.
*The number of credit hours used to determine full- and part-time status as defined by the University of Michigan-Flint policy may differ from the MSW program.

Program Option
First Term/Year of Admission
Regular standing (non-BSW)
• 60 credits with 900 hours of internship
Fall 2024

Fall 2025
Part-time (3 years)

Full-time (2 years) or Part-time (3 years)
Advanced Standing (BSW w/ 3.0 GPA or higher)
• 36 credits with 460 hours of internship
Fall 2025

Fall 2026 
Part-time (1.5 years)

Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (1.5 years)

Your work as a social worker revolves around people. UM-Flint’s MSW program strives to inspire your work and your dedication to the profession through community-based learning. Our curriculum delivers a well-rounded graduate education that empowers you to engage with communities outside the classroom, participate in interprofessional learning opportunities, and increase self-awareness to become reflective change agents within evolving societal environments. 

During your community internship, you will develop and refine social work skills in supervised advanced practice settings while fostering meaningful relationships with peers, veteran practitioners, and community members.

Online Master of Social Work Curriculum

The UM-Flint MSW program curriculum consists of a minimum of 60 graduate credits. The program begins with 27 credits of foundational coursework that combine interdisciplinary theory, research, policy, and generalist social work practice methods.

After establishing the foundational coursework for generalist practice, you dive into the program’s specialized curriculum. These 30 credits of coursework focus on mental health and behavioral health practice and equip you with advanced social work theory, research, and policy and mental and behavioral health treatment and intervention strategies.

You also have the option to further specialize your MSW by pursuing a focus area in Social Work in Health Care Settings, which prepares you to provide holistic, psychosocial support to patients and clients in various healthcare settings, including hospitals and mental health clinics.

Review the complete online MSW program curriculum.

As a new program, the UM-Flint MSW program is working to achieve pre-candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Candidacy is a three-year process. We expect to complete the accreditation process in 2027. Assuming all steps in the process are successful, students admitted from fall 2024 will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once we attain Initial Accreditation in 2027.

Do you need guidance on achieving a Master of Social Work degree? UM-Flint’s expert academic advisors want to help you succeed! Whether you want insight on developing your degree plan or academic support, our advisors have the knowledge and resources to share.

For more information about enrolling in the MSW program at UM-Flint, email [email protected].

Career Outlook for Social Workers

With an increased focus on the importance of mental and behavioral health, the demand for master’s level social workers with expertise in mental health practice also grows.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that social workers’ employment will increase by 7% in the next decade—more than double the national average. This means that almost 64,000 social worker positions may open each year, indicating a healthy job market for social workers. Similarly, the BLS anticipates a rising need for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health therapists, calculating an 18% growth rate.

When applying to UM-Flint’s online Master of Social Work program, you must meet the following criteria to qualify for admission:

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to comply with the distance education laws of each state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in this program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

At UM-Flint, we aim to keep our application process streamlined but comprehensive, ensuring you can excel in the program. When applying, please submit the materials listed below:

  • Online application for graduate admission.
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please read our full transcript policy for more information.
  • For any degree completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be submitted for an internal credential review. Read the following for instructions on how to submit your transcripts for review.
  • If English is not your native language, and you are not from an exempt country, you must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Statement of Purpose (minimum three full-length pages, maximum five pages, double-spaced) to address the following:
    • Discuss a social problem that is important to you and motivates your decision to pursue an MSW degree.
    • Discuss your commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession. (Please review the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics here.)
    • Discuss how your identities and experiences have contributed to your understanding of social justice.
    • What personal, professional, and academic experiences have prepared you to be successful in an MSW program?
    • Describe why you are pursuing an MSW at this time and why the UM-Flint MSW program is a good match for you.
  • A current résumé.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation.
    • One academic reference from an instructor or faculty advisor and one professional reference from an employer or an internship/volunteer supervisor are preferred. Two academic references from instructors are acceptable. Applicants who received an undergraduate degree more than seven years ago may provide two professional references that speak to their potential for success in graduate studies in social work.
  • Statement of Petition.
    • This only applies to students who have experienced any of the following academic challenges. Explain the issue(s) and how you have addressed it. Describe your plans and readiness to move into graduate-level study.
      • Undergraduate GPA below 3.0 but higher than 2.7;
      • Low or failing grades (for example, D, F, U);
      • Been on academic probation;
      • Dismissed from or denied readmission to any college

Please email all additional application materials to [email protected] or deliver them to the Office of Graduate Programs, located at 251 Thompson Library.

Coursework for this program is entirely online. Admitted students will not be able to obtain a student (F-1) visa to pursue this degree. Other non-immigrant visa holders currently in the United States, please contact the Center for Global Engagement at [email protected].

  • Fall (early deadline) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – July 1 

All MSW students begin their graduate studies in the fall semester.

*You must have a complete application by May 1 to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

Estimated Tuition and Cost

Embark on your graduate education without financial stress. At UM-Flint, we ensure you receive competitive tuition rates and helpful financial aid resources to support you as you finance your Master of Social Work.  

Explore UM-Flint’s tuition and financial aid resources to start planning for your graduate degree.

Earn your Master of Social Work online from the University of Michigan-Flint and embark on your journey to make a positive impact in your community. Our program’s community-based approach, specialized curriculum focused on mental health and behavioral health practice, and emphasis on practical application equips you with a diverse skill set, enabling you to become a proficient and compassionate social worker.

Ready to begin your journey toward a UM-Flint MSW degree? Take the first step toward your future by starting your UM-Flint application today! Or, if you still have questions, request information to learn more.