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


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We call ourselves an engaged College because we take the skills and talents of our faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community. We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community.  - Dean George Grant, Jr.

Learn how #CCPS students ENGAGE with faculty and community, ENRICH their education by participating in learning and growing opportunities, and ENHANCE the communities they serve.  Learn more >> gvsu.edu/ccps/engage-enrich-enhance-126.htm

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Change is on YOU!

November 20, 2019 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Current research about issues ranging from community development and climate change to cannabis tourism and sustainable practices.

School of Social Work Bridges to Employment Conference and Career Fair

January 21, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  Career Fair Description The School of Social Work Bridges to Employment Conference & Career Fair is designed to help prepare graduating social work students for life after graduation....

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Civic Engagement Showcase

April 11, 2019

GVSU Civic Engagement Showcase featuring some of our MSW students, with photo featuring Erica Mickens.

CCPS Faculty and Students Assist with Disaster Relief Efforts

February 04, 2019

Radio interview with Professors Steve Smith and Quincy Williams, along with student Alyssa Gunderson on their recent trip to support disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Water: A Human Right or Commodity?

January 10, 2019

Photo Exhibition by Social Work faculty: Dr. Paola Leon and Dr. Steven Smith

Dr. Paola Leon on WGVU Morning Show

December 03, 2018

Interview with Fulbright Scholar Dr. Paola Leon.

Inclusion and Equity: Muskegon County Public Defenders Office

September 28, 2018

Radio interview of MSW Social Work intern Alyssa Gunderson about her placement at the Muskegon County Public Defenders Office

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Dominque Stevens, Social Work Major

Dominque Stevens shares her story about why she chose Grand Valley.

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