Transfer Plans

Select a school and program

For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Social Work

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTH 111 4
PLS 101 3
PSY 101 3
Total 14

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
SWK 121 2
SOC 101 3
Humanities elective 3
Science Lab elective 4
Total 16

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
PSY 223 3
SOC 201 3
ECO 201 or 202 3
Science elective 3
Humanities elective 3
Total 15

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
Elective 3
PSY 250 3
MTH 131 3
Global Perspectives elective 3
Elective 3
Total 15


  • Degree offered: B.S.W.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Global Perspectives electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses

Students must earn a minimum grade of C  (2.0) and not have repeated the following GVSU courses (or their transfer institution equivalents) more than once: BIO 104, PLS 102, PSY 101, PSY 303, SOC 101, SW 150, SW 300 , and SOC 105.  All social work majors must formally apply to the School of Social Work at the end of their sophomore year.  There is no winter admission.

Students may take SW 300 (offered at GVSU) concurrent with BSW program classes; all other candidacy courses must be completed with a C or better prior to beginning the program. The BSW program begins each fall semester and is a 2-year program.

Grades earned at another institution in these courses will be considered for admission into the School of Social Work and must meet the grade and repeat criteria indicated above.


The Social Work major is a secondary admission program, which only admits students one time per year. This means that although you have been admitted to GVSU, you must meet certain criteria before you are admitted (also called candidacy) into the School of Social Work. All Social Work majors who will satisfy the candidacy requirements prior to program entry, must formally apply for Candidacy into the School of Social Work’s Baccalaureate program prior to the application deadline for fall semester entry. More information, including the Candidacy application packet and deadlines are posted online at The Candidacy requirements can be found at: