MSW Program Overview- UA Lakewood Campus

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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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2018 MSW Application Information - UA Lakewood  

Note: Effective July 1, Dr. Melissa McCollister is a new point person as the Lakewood Coordinator. If you are an applicant, please make sure to submit your application forms to her.

* 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?  Dr. Melissa McCollister, Lakewood Coordinator  or 216-221-1141


Location, location, location!

Lakewood Public Library  Lakewood Library

  • The Lakewood site is located at Lakewood High School, located at 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood. 
  • The Lakewood library is nearby and 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.