Social Work

Social Work Graduate Program

Where passion becomes a profession

MSW Program Mission

The mission of the social work program is to further social justice through education, community engagement, and research.

The faculty and staff of the Graduate MSW Program at the University of Toledo is committed to this mission and through the advanced generalist model we strive to prepare our students to practice ethically in all settings and with attention to the values of the profession of social work with focus on social and economic justice.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Megan Petra, MSW Program Director 


For Social Work Licensure Requirements by State please see links below. If you live in a state other than Ohio, or, you are planning to move to another state after you graduate, we strongly encourage you to review the Social Work licensing requirements in that state :

Association of Social Work Boards

Social Work Licensure Directory

 MSW program Student testimonial

Overview of the Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program

  • Foundation MSW Program (for those who have a non-BSW bachelor’s degree)   : 60 credits completed over two academic years (full-time) or longer (part-time). The Regular Program is for those with an undergraduate degree in a field other than social work. Those admitted to the regular program are considered Foundation students, beginning with foundation level courses before enrolling in advanced level courses. See the Program Overview  for more information.
  • Advanced Standing Program(for those who have a BSW from an accredited program): 33 credits, completed over one year with consecutive summer (one class), fall and spring terms (full-time), or completed over a longer time period if the student attends part-time. The advanced standing program is for those who have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited college/university and meet other admission requirements. See “MSW admission requirements” document for details. 
  • Field practicum: MSW students complete a field practicum placement (internship) for each full-time year of the program.  Practicum give students hands-on experience with social work, affording them the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge, values, and skills in nine competency areas.  In the Foundation year, students complete 16 hours/week in the Fall and 17 hours/week in the Spring semester at their placement, plus a 1.5-hour weekly seminar. In the Advanced year, students complete 16 hours/week at their placement, plus the seminar during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Most placements are at community agencies/organizations in the greater Toledo area, though some are also available throughout the northwest Ohio/ southeast Michigan region. 
  • See the MSW Student Handbook and the MSW Field Education Manual for more information.


Join us for a MSW informational session where we discuss the program, application process, and answer any questions! 
Fall MSW Informational Session dates coming soon
RSVP to  let them know if you're advanced standing (will have a BSW by May 2021) or Foundation (you have an undergraduate degree in something other than social work).



Thank you to all of our MSW program applicants, we are no longer accepting applications for the summer/fall 2021 academic year. 
Please stay tuned for information in the fall semester to learn more about admission into the program for summer/fall 2022. 

All application materials are available online. Please select from the links below to access these documents. Please note that the application process is competitive and limited to a set number each year. Therefore, it is very important to follow the application guidelines specifically and get all application materials in early. The MSW Program application must be filled out using Adobe Reader in order for the GPA calculator to work correctly. Adobe Reader is available for free download for both PCs and Macs.


MSW Application Process


Last Updated: 4/30/21