University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. For those whose native language is NOT English, either the Official TOEFL or IELTS score report. Only original score reports will be accepted.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University requirements of admission, all students seeking a degree for the Master's of Social Work must also meet the following requirements: 

  1. Grade point average of 3.0 (B) cumulative for undergraduate coursework
  2. Graduate Admission statement, using our formdetailing academic preparation, background experiences, and professional, educational and career goals
  3. A recent resume submitted
  4. A minimum of 18 credit hours in social or behavioral science courses and have a broad liberal arts background
  5. Coursework Requirement Form submitted. Click here for form
  6. Recommendations: Three recommendations received on this form in sealed envelopes, from professional individuals who can respond to the questions on the form.  At least one academic reference is preferred in addition to individuals who have supervised your work or volunteer experience

MSW / MPA Admission Process

In addition to the University and MSW Program requirements, for consideration into the MSW / MPA program the following must be submitted:

  • Students must be admitted to both the MSW and MPA programs. Generally, students begin with the MSW application
  • Advisor request  - Students interested in pursuing both degrees should request that the School of Social Work assign them to the faculty advisor for the MSW/MPA program
  • MPA application must also be completed, including transcript, letters of reference, and resume
  • SPNA Basic Application filled out and submitted 
  • Essay material required by the SPNA program submitted

Submit all of the requirements together and send to:

GVSU - Admissions

1 Campus Dr. 

Allendale, MI.  49401

Advanced Standing for Social Work Students

MSW Advanced Standing Program Requirement List

 School Social Work Certification

Click here for information


If the applicant does not meet requirements but believes there are circumstances or conditions that strengthen their application, they are invited to provide a rationale regarding alternative criteria. 

Non-Degree Seeking Students:

Applicants who are not seeking the MSW degree or have not completed all of the admissions requirements are considered to be Non-Degree seeking. These students may earn up to six social work credits in the School of Social Work by selecting up to two of the following courses: SW600, SW601, SW610 and SW620.

Application Deadlines
GVSU School of Social Work welcomes applicants to the Master's program.   Applications received after these due dates are not guaranteed review.

Advanced Standing - Full Time

Feb. 1

Begin Spring/Summer semester only

Advanced Standing - Part Time

Mar. 15

Begin Fall semester only

Regular Program - Full Time

Mar. 15

Begin Fall semester only

Regular Program - Part Time

Mar. 15

Begin Fall semester only

Regular Program - Part Time

Oct. 1

Begin Winter semester only



Page last modified November 26, 2014