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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

National job opportunities in the social work field are expected to grow 13% by 2025.

An In-Demand Profession

Michigan's job outlook for social workers was 6% above the national average in 2020 with over 16,000 jobs available. There are over 1,600 annual job openings.

One of the Top Graduate Programs in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools 2022

Source: EMSI, 2021

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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