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School of Social Work

Welcome, New M.S.W. Students!

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Master of Social Work Program! Understanding the information on this page is essential for students who will begin the M.S.W. program in the fall of 2018. Please review this web page and visit it frequently for updates!

Field Fair in Coffman Union

Field Fair was held in Coffman Union in 2017.

Materials from New M.S.W. Student Registration Information Session

Materials for Field Fair Orientation and Field Fair

The Field Fair will take place after the orientation. Please watch the two videos below—"Field Orientation" and "Navigating ITP 101"—before coming to the Registration Orientation/Field Fair on April 9.

FAQs Regarding Required Field Placement:


Many graduate students also finance their graduate education through personal funds and private and governmental loans.

The School of Social Work financial aid application form is due March 31, 2018. Decisions from those applications are ongoing, and incoming M.S.W. students will be notified about School of Social Work financial aid awards through the summer of 2018. More information about School of Social Work fellowship and scholarships.

M.S.W. Program Class Schedule

M.S.W. courses are scheduled all day Thursday–Saturday. Some courses are also offered on Monday–Wednesday evenings. M.S.W. students will not be able to take courses exclusively during weekday business hours, or exclusively during evening and Saturday hours.

Students can often create a course schedule that meets their needs. All students, however, will have at least some evening courses during their time as a graduate student. Most students will have Saturday courses at some point in their graduate career.

Students taking a field placement are generally expected to be in field on Mondays–Wednesdays. Some field placements offer evening and weekend hours, but almost every field placement will require some time in the agency during regular Monday–Friday business hours.

New Student Orientation: August 27, 2018

8 a.m.–5 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom

This all-day event is the beginning of your graduate study. You will have the chance to meet classmates, the faculty of the School of Social Work, and your academic adviser. In contrast to the April 9 Registration Orientation, this day does not address nuts and bolts of the curriculum, registration, and being a student at the University of Minnesota.

Computer Internet Access

The School of Social Work requires that students use information technology to support practice and scholarship. You will receive an official University e-mail address from the Graduate School. All SSW graduate students must have access to the Internet. If you do not have personal computer access, you can use the computer labs on campus.

Immunization Requirements

Minnesota law requires all students born after December 31, 1956, who enroll in a state college or university to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. See the Academic Health Service page for important instructions on immunizations for U.S. and international students.

Important Documents

These documents outline expectations of professional behavior and practices for social workers and University students. The SSW has adopted these documents as school policy for all students.

Standards of Performance in the M.S.W. Program

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics

Standards of Practice and Ethical Conduct, as defined by Minnesota Statute

University of Minnesota Board of Regents Student Conduct Code

Contacts for Newly Admitted Students

Zer Vang, Director of M.S.W. Admissions

Andrew Howe, M.S.W. Graduate Admissions Support

MacKenzie Case, Social Work Graduate Program Coordinator

Megan Morrissey, M.S.W. Program Director

MJ Gilbert, Director of M.S.W. Field Instruction

Rosetta Chears, M.S.W. Field Program Coordinator

Prerequisites Must Be Completed by September 4, 2018

NOTE: Please refer to the email you received from the School of Social Work to determine whether the following information applies to you.
If the email said you require a statistics, biology and/or writing course, you will be able to register for fall 2017 classes, but you must successfully complete a college-level course in the areas indicated by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

These courses can be completed at any college, university, or community college. Please note that we do not accept CLEP credits or AP test scores as meeting prerequisites. Successful course completion is defined as earning a grade of C- or higher, or a grade of Pass, if taking the class on a pass/fail basis. There are no exceptions to this policy.

We cannot recommend specific classes that might fulfill a prerequisite; however, if you would like to know whether a particular class will meet our requirement, please contact the SSW Admissions office.

  • BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT: Introductory biology classes including “Human Biology” or “General Biology” or classes with content in human anatomy and physiology fulfill the biology requirement. Biology classes that focus on human evolution or ecology, or courses from departments such as psychology or anthropology generally do not have the required content and do not fulfill the biology prerequisite.
  • STATISTICS REQUIREMENT: Any college statistics class, including those from other departments, fulfills this requirement. Research methods classes generally include only a brief review of descriptive statistics, and most do not have enough statistics to prepare you for graduate-level research methods and, therefore, do not fulfill the statistics requirement. However, if you feel your research methods class was essentially a class in statistics, we will review the class to determine if it meets the requirement.
  • WRITING COURSE Based on the written materials submitted with the application to the M.S.W. program, many applicants are required to complete an additional writing course. This course is in addition to any college and graduate courses already taken. Students may satisfy this requirement by taking a course through the University of Minnesota, another university or community college. The course can be offered in person or online. It should focus on writing for research, academic and professional writing. Students should seek courses which emphasize development of scholarly and nonfiction writing.