School of Social Work Wayne State University

School of Social Work Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
October 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
10 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Welfare Research And Evaluation Certificate
    • Social Work Practice With Families And Couples Certificate
    • Disabilities Certificate
    • Alcohol And Drug Abuse Studies Certificate
    • Gerontology Certificate
    • Social Work And Gerontology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Social Work And Infant Mental Health Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Social Work Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 292
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 24
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


34% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 855
    • Accepted 298
    • Acceptance Rate 34
    • Enrolled 196
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline October 1st October 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreespersonal interest statement, resume, 3 references
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, MSW from a CSWE-accredited institution (or working towards one), resume, three letters of reference, personal statement, summary of relevant research and professional experience, and writing sample, interview
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesMSW or actively enrolled in advanced portion of MSW program
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS recommended, IELTS paper based, TWE required, 6 TWE paper based, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score 85)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 31
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students625
    • Female Percentage87%
    • Male Percentage13%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students625
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Full-time Percentage79%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American29%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown3%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchChild welfare, violence, adolescent dating, intimate partner and family violence, sexual assault, gerontology, long-term care, end of life issues, healthy aging, health care, behavioral health and infant mental health, community capacity building, innovation in community, leadership and policy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$539,866

Location & Contact

School of Social Work

Wayne State University

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

Dr. Cheryl Waites

Dean and Professor

Phone: 313-577-4400

Ms. Julie Alter-Kay

Director, Office of Admissions and Student Services

Phone: 313-577-4409

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