School of Social Work at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Why you should consider this program

Incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers interested in earning a Master in Social Work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work will have three opportunities to apply to the Coverdell Fellows Program. The three opportunities are the Community-Based Initiative (CBI) - Coverdell Scholar, Detroit Integrated Health (DIH) - Coverdell Scholar, and Coverdell Fellows Scholarship.

The purpose of the CBI program in Detroit is to train and support a new generation of social workers dedicated to community and social change in urban cities, neighborhoods, and communities. This is done through coursework and field placements based in Detroit and surrounding areas

The DIH program aims to improve the availability of integrated behavioral health and primary care services with individuals across the life-span living with behavioral health challenges in medically underserved communities. The DIH program addresses a critical need for more clinicians to work with adults with substance use disorders (SUD) and psychiatric disabilities, as well as racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health difficulties and SUD in the Detroit and Wayne County community.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 63,006 $ 20,000 $ 43,006
Out of state $ 100,363 $ 40,000 $ 60,363
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Scholarship applied to tuition.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

4

Other benefits or opportunities

We are offering two Advanced Standing options for In State and Out of State students. First, is the (12 month) Advanced Standing option with a tuition cost of $46,671- (In State) with Fellowship valued at $15,000 for a net cost of $31,671. Secondly, the Advanced Standing (12-month) program cost of $74,343 (Out of State) with Fellowship value of $30,000 for a net cost of $44,343. The cost of living for the Advanced Standing program is $37,872

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 51,127

Application fee waived?

Yes

Internship

The Community-Based Initiative (CBI) in Detroit offers opportunities for innovative practice in community-based field agencies. Field placements must be completed in the Detroit area including Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Middle-Eastern communities of East Dearborn. Note: students must have their own transportation to and from their field placement site(s).

The Detroit Integrated Health (DIH) program offers the opportunity to complete a field internship/placement in the DWIHN provider network that serves adults with substance use disorders, psychiatric disabilities or racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health challenges and their families in Detroit/Wayne County.

Jobs for program alumni

CBI alumni work as community organizers, policymakers, program planners, organization managers and administrators, evaluators, and foundation staff within Michigan, the US, and internationally.

DIH alumni work in behavioral health clinical positions within integrated health, primary care, mental health, and behavioral health settings. Many alumni work in hospitals, health departments, health agencies, schools, and non-profit agencies.

Other details

Program length

16-month or Advanced Standing (12 month) program length

Application requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with competitive grades, from an accredited institution
  • One academic transcript is required from each college/university you have attended 
  • Three recommendations are required
  • Supplementary Statement
  • Admissions Conduct Questions 
  • Resume 
  • Financial Aid Application for Grants/Scholarships 
  • School of Social Work Special Programs Application 
  • No admissions tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT) are required for admission to the MSW program 
  • Complete information on Instructions for Online MSW application

Admissions process

If you are applying to CBI and/or DIH, you will need to upload your Description of Service to the appropriate DOS upload area on the special program application page. If you do not have a DOS because you are currently serving in the Peace Corps, please ask your country director or program manager for a brief letter verifying your status as a Peace Corps Volunteer. This letter may be uploaded in place of the DOS.

If you are not applying to CBI and/or DIH, but are applying for the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship, upload your Description of Service to the Fee Waiver Upload page. If you do not have a DOS because you are currently serving in the Peace Corps, please ask your country director or program manager for a brief letter verifying your status as a Peace Corps Volunteer. This letter may be uploaded in place of the DOS.

After acceptance into the U-M MSW Program, you will be notified whether you have been accepted as a Coverdell Fellow.

Program begins

The Tuesday after Labor Day

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started

2013


Contact

Katie Lopez, Director, Office of Global Activities & Adjunct Lecturer

Address
1080 S. University Ave.
Rm 3640A
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109