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"What I liked best about my experience at GVSU was the practical focus on administrative and leadership skills that I could go back and apply in my building." - Chris Parker '11, Superintendent, Northport Public Schools

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program in Traverse City prepares students for advanced professional practice in direct service and in the development and implementation of social welfare policies and programs.  The M.S.W. lays the foundation for students to assume leadership roles in society's institutions, organizations, and communities. 

The 60-credit-hour M.S.W. program is available as a cohort and students have the flexibility to work while going to school.  Students will start the program together in a specified semester and move through the program as a group.  If you have a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W) degree you may qualify for advance standing.  The curriculum incorporates a focus on the Council of Social Work Education's (CSWE) core competencies at both the foundation and advanced practice level.   

Some helpful links for the 60-hour M.S.W. program at Grand Valley include:

Why Study Social Work At Grand Valley?

M.S.W. students:

  • Draw on the experience of a program that has been serving the Traverse City area for 20 years.
  • Learn a wide range of theories and methods to practice at multisystematic levels.
  • Through field practicum, become competent practitioners.
  • Are capable of assuming leadership and scholarly professional roles.
  • Contribute to the development of the profession through scholarly research.
  • Are members of the School of Social Work, which is accredited by the CSWE.
  • Are prepared to engage in political organizing as well as electoral politics.