MSW Program Overview- UA Lakewood Campus

UA Lakewood Building

The MSW Program offers:

  • Preparation for the advanced practice of social work
  • A degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Evening courses
  • Regional field placements
  • Advanced standing program for qualifying students with a BSW

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Come to our Open House!

May 16, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Click here for a flyer.)
June 15, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Click here for a flyer.)

For more information, please contact Becky Thomas, MSW, LISW-S, at 330-972-5682 or

2018 MSW Application Information - UA Lakewood  

* Please note an increase in graduate application fees:

  • First time Domestic Applicants: $45
  • First time International Applicants: $70
  • Reapplication: $45.

Lakewood Campus

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  • What is the admission deadline? 
    • October 7, 2017: Deadline for applications to the full-time program
    • February 16, 2018: Deadline for summer Advanced Standing cohort
  • When do classes begin?
    • Full-time program: January 16, 2018
    • Advanced Standing: June, TBA, 2018
  • Do I need to attend any orientation sessions? Yes, you will need to attend two orientations: Field Orientation & Program Orientation.
    Mandatory Field Orientation: May, TBA, 2018
    Mandatory MSW Program Orientation: May, TBA, 2018
  • What information can you provide about parking? There is a parking lot behind The University of Akron Lakewood campus, but it is not owned by the university.
    The parking lot owner charges every car that enters the parking lot before 6:30pm. If you take a parking ticket when you enter the lot, you are required to pay when you leave. 
    This map  highlights additional parking options for students. There are many metered parking options available in the area surrounding the university.
    Parking meters are in effect Monday-Friday until 6pm and take quarters only. There are also many side streets around Lakewood that have un-metered street parking as an option.
  • Wondering about your field education experience? Students may complete their field placements in the Cuyahoga area or at agencies throughout the Northeast Ohio area (Click here).
  • Who can I contact for additional assistance?  Professor Becky Thomas, Lakewood Coordinator  or 330-972-5682


Location, location, location!

Lakewood Public Library  Lakewood Library

  • The Lakewood site is located at 14725 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and coffee houses. It’s an ideal location to take college courses! 
  • Parking is readily available at 1415 Warren Road. This location is easily accessible via I-90 and Route 2. 
  • The Lakewood library is two blocks away and is designated as an OhioLink site. Books, articles, and other library materials can be ordered from the main campus and will be delivered to the Lakewood library.