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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor — School of Social Work

Program Type:
Master's International
School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded:
Social Work (MSW)
Admissions Deadlines:
Early application (December 1); Priority application (March 1)
Admissions Cycle:
Program Start:
Program Founded:
September, 2010


Students will earn 4-elective credit hours for Peace Corps service that will count toward the required 60-credit hour MSW program. In addition, students will have an opportunity to share their experiences garnered during their Peace Corps service with the larger school community and integrate the knowledge learned into their field work and the classroom.

Master's International students are eligible for a variety of competitive and need-based scholarships, grants and loans available to all MSW students. In addition, after returning from their Peace Corps service MI students will receive funding in the amount of $5,000 (if resident) or $10,000 (if non-resident) per semester for up to two semesters.


Students apply first to the MSW program, and if accepted, then apply separately to the Peace Corps. This program is for students in the Children and Youth in Families & Society practice area concentration. This practice area prepares students to work in settings that serve children and adolescents and their families, including schools, recreational programs, family service agencies, juvenile justice systems, neighborhood organizations, prenatal clinics, and/or family planning programs.

Students in the Master's International program will first complete one year of coursework on campus including field work and a 1-credit orientation seminar designed for social work students studying and working abroad. Students will then leave between May and August to serve overseas in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Upon returning to school students will receive 4-hours of elective credit for their Peace Corps service. Students will then complete their last year or semester of coursework including field work and a 1-credit integration seminar that will involve a presentation on their Peace Corps experience.


A demonstrated interest in youth development issues and community service in a global context: full MSW application, supplementary statement, official transcripts, resume, and three letters of recommendation. To find out more about the MSW application process visit: http://ssw.umich.edu/admissions/msw/.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Katie Lopez
Program Manager

Office of Global Activities
1080 S. University, Room 3688
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1106
(734) 936-1964
(734) 763-3372

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