MISSION: To educate students to be competent professional social workers, and to provide leadership in the shaping of human service delivery systems worldwide. 

We welcome your interest in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. We offer both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree programs. As a School of Social Work candidate, you will be challenged by a curriculum that has the accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. You will learn from an excellent faculty, many of whom are nationally-known for their contributions in diverse areas of the social work profession. Through their lives and work in Michigan, nationally and internationally, they contribute to the community in a variety of capacities. As a School of Social Work graduate, you will join the ranks of a significant and successful contingent of helping professionals. The campus is easily accessible from highways US 131 and I-196. The campus includes a state-of-the-art library, computer facilities, bookstore, and cafe. We thank you for visiting our website. We hope you find it helpful and informative. Should you have specific questions, do not hesitate to call. We look forward to hearing from you.

Scott Berlin, Ph.D., LMSW, Director, School of Social Work
Cray Mulder, Ph.D., LMSW, Director, MSW Program  
Robin Smith-Colton, Ph. D., LMSW, Director, BSW Program



School of Social Work Hooding and Pinning Ceremony

April 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The School of Social Work Hooding and Pinning Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at Grand Rapids First, 2100 44th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49519   The...

Test Out Exam - SW 690 Social Research I

May 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For New MSW students: Decide if you wish to take the test out exam for SW 690 – Social Research I course.  RSVP for one of the test out dates, see below. Send your email RSVP’s...

Ara Carey Lecture Series

May 31, 2018 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

ARA CAREY LECTURE SERIES - What Is and What Is Not Trauma-Informed Practice Thursday, May 31, 2018 Time: 8:30am. – 4:30pm. Where: Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center,...

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The Parent Behind the Potential Farmer

March 09, 2018

Claire Efting at poster presentation at Central Michigan University

A Qualitative Assessment of Needs for Medicare/Medicaid Seniors

February 23, 2018

"A Qualitative Assessment of Needs for Medicate/Medicaid Seniors", at the GVSU Art and Science of Aging Conference

Professor Nichols Published Article

February 15, 2018

Emily Nichols' published article "Service Seeking Experiences of College-Aged Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Victims with a Mental Health and/or Behavioral Disability"

Social Work Alumna Running for State Representative

February 12, 2018

Former GVSU student running for Michigan State Representative

Faculty Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

October 31, 2017

Faculty Awarded National Science Foundation Grant titled RISE:  Retaining and Inspiring Students in Science and Engineering.

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