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An M.S.W. student on Grand Valley's Robert C. Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Social Work, M.S.W.

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program prepares you for advanced professional 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.

National Job Growth By 2025
M.S.W. Grads Employed After Graduation
GVSU Ranking a West Michigan Talent Provider

Source: EMSI, 2020

Program Overview

The M.S.W. 60 credit hour program is available on a full or part time basis, including 12 credit hours of field education. The curriculum incorporates a focus on CSWE core competencies. Advanced standing status, a 38 credit program with 8 field education hours, is for those who successfully completed a B.S.W. degree at a CSWE accredited program and meet other admission criteria. You may apply for the hybrid advanced standing program if eligible. Course requirements are available online.

Application Deadlines

The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if you previously applied to GVSU. Please email if you have any questions regarding application deadlines.

Why Study Social Work at Grand Valley?

Students will:

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