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Social Work, M.S.W. - hybrid program

The weekend hybrid Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program at Grand Valley State University prepares you for advanced professional micro, mezzo, and macro practice in social work, and in the development and implementation of social welfare policies and programs. The M.S.W. lays the foundation for you to assume leadership roles in society's institutions, organizations, and communities.

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Program Overview

The M.S.W. Weekend Hybrid 38 credit hour program is available on a part-time basis to Advanced Standing applicants, including 8 credit hours of Field Education. Advanced Standing status is for those who successfully completed a B.S.W. degree at a CSWE accredited program and meet other admission criteria. Course requirements are available online.

Why Study Social Work at Grand Valley?

You will:

  • Learn to apply a range of theories and methods to practice at multisystemic levels.
  • Become a culturally competent practitioner in an increasingly complex society through field education and practice.
  • Are prepared to engage in grassroots, political, and community organizing as well as electoral politics.
  • Become a skilled practitioner capable of assuming leadership and scholarly professional roles in regional, state, national, and global communities.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of professional social work knowledge and practice through research and scholarly inquiry that employ state-of-the-art technology.
  • Earn a degree that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • The M.S.W. program and the M.P.A. program provides an opportunity to receive a combined degree of 81 credits.

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Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.



You will study a variety of topics and methods:

  • Substance abuse
  • Human behavior
  • Community-based learning, including global and domestic service learning
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Social research and policy
  • Practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities

Application Deadline

  • February 1 - spring/summer start date
  • March 15 - fall start date
  • October 1 - winter start date

The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if you previously applied to GVSU. Visit to apply.

For More Information

School of Social Work
391C DeVos Center
(616) 331-6550

Graduate Admissions Office


“The M.S.W. program at GVSU prepares students to practice at multiple levels as they meet the needs of a diverse society.”



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