Thank you for your interest in EMU's Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. Applications for Fall 2021 closed on August 11, 2021. Applications for Fall 2022 will open on September 1, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected].

If you are interested in applying for Fall 2022 you are strongly encouraged to attend an information session where you will learn about the program, the application process and meet current students and instructors. 

Information Session dates and how to sign up:


  • Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday, November 13, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m. – noon


  • Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10 a.m. – noon

Sign up to attend an Information Session. Email [email protected] with questions.

Admission criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to the EMU School of Social Work mission statement.
  • Ability to write at a Graduate School level.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (note: this is higher than the minimum GPA required by the EMU Graduate School).
  • Completion of a Baccalaureate degree by the date of beginning the program.
  • Strong support letters of recommendation.

Application process and procedures

The priority deadline for applications to the MSW program is December 1 and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Social Work CAS Application

Social Work CAS

CAS is an online admissions software that allows you to apply to multiple social work programs. Once you have created an account, you will be prompted to choose a program (social work) and concentration. When you have added Eastern Michigan University to your list of applicant schools, click on the My application link at the top of the page. You will see four “buttons” that you will need to use to complete your application. 

  • Personal Information: This includes contact information as well as demographic information.
  • Academic Information: You will official transcripts from all institutions you attended. 
  • Supporting Information: 
    • References:  you will identify and submit information for three professional references.  Your references will receive an email and instructions on how to complete a form and upload a supporting letter.   
    • Experience:  You will enter your history of paid and volunteer experience, including any internships,  practicums, or other experiences you believe are relevant.  
  • Program Materials:  the personal statement required by email will be uploaded in this section.  This is in essay format, double-spaced, and 4 - 5 pages in length. The statement will be used as a reflection of your writing skills, your ability to reflect and learn from your experiences, and as a narrative of your background, interests, and goals. You must be the sole author of this statement, but others may provide proofreading assistance and feedback.

Address the following:

  • Why are you a "good fit" with the mission of EMU’s MSW program?
  • In our society there are many types of privilege. Identify and discuss ways in your life in which you have been in a position of privilege, and how it might affect your work as a social worker.
  • Discuss your reasons for why you selected your specific concentration (i.e., Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery, Family and Children's Services, or Health and Aging Services)?
  • What are your mission-related career interests and post-graduation plans?
  • Describe a situation where your attitudes about a particular stigmatized population (e.g., LGBT, people of color, persons in poverty, etc.) were challenged, and what you learned from that experience. In what ways are you ready to have your attitudes and social stereotypes be further challenged within an educational setting?
  • What attracts you to the MSW program at Eastern Michigan University? 



The review process is time intensive. Because we do not want to rush the process arbitrarily or unfairly, we cannot guarantee a specific date for a decision on your application. You will be notified by email with the results of your application as well as providing you with information about next steps if you gain acceptance into the program. A follow up letter will be mailed.


As a result of the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order issued by the Governor of Michigan in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our MSW Admissions office is working remotelyOur MSW Program can be contacted at [email protected] or to make an appointment by phone.

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