Master of Social Work at Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University's Master of Social Work (MSW) is offered through the School of Social Work and prepares students for advanced professional practice by laying the foundation for students to assume leadership roles in society's institutions, organizations, and communities.

The program emphasizes human behavior, interface between people and their social environment and institutions, and client strengths. Advanced Generalist social workers are also concerned with societal conditions in their efforts to improve the quality of life and social and economic justice. 

Why Study Social Work at Grand Valley?

  • Real-world experiences. Students work directly with diverse cultural, class, and ethnic groups and populations-at-risk in a carefully selected professional learning environment, under the guidance and supervision of faculty and agency staff.
  • Convenient. Courses are offered at the Richard M. DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Leadership. The program lays the foundation for students to assume leadership roles in society's institutions, organizations, and communities.
  • Accredited. The M.S.W. degree at Grand Valley State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Courses Offered

The Master of Social Work program is a minimum of 60 credits. Students study a variety of topics and methods, such as:

  • Cultural competency
  • Global and cross cultural service learning
  • Human behavior
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Psychopathology
  • Social research and policy
  • Social work practice and integrated methods
  • Substance abuse


The Master of Social Work admission requirements and application deadlines are available here. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

View the Master of Social Work Admissions Requirements


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

Information Sessions

Prospective students interested in learning more about the Master of Social Work program at Grand Valley State University are invited to attend an informational session

Page last modified February 26, 2019