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
Paola Leon, Ph.D., MSW, Director, MSW Program  
Joan Borst, Ph.D., LMSW, Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Sally Pelon, Ph. D., LMSW, Director, BSW Program


Are you interested in  a Master’s in Social Work?

The GVSU School of Social Work welcomes applicants to the Master's program. 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Borst at borstj@gvsu.edu for assistance or join an information session accessed through the link below. 

MSW Information Sessions Held Virtually

Friday, December 11 - 12-1pm
Wednesday, January 20 - 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, February 10 - 12-1pm
Wednesday, February 24 - 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, March 10 - 12-1pm
Wednesday, March 24 - 6:30-7:30pm

Click on the Following Link to Join the Information Session

Join by Phone:
+1-571-392-7650 PIN: 913 065 1472

The M.S.W. Advanced Standing Hybrid Program

Career Growth Doesn't Have to Wait

Grand Valley’s CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program offers a hybrid delivery option if life commitments make attending classes on campus difficult for you. This program is currently an Advanced Standing Program, which means it is available those who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). This hybrid weekend/online program will prepare you for a profession that is meaningful and rewarding, with life-changing impacts on those who need our help. You will not just be ready for state licensure but will have the foundation for assuming a leadership role in protecting human dignity and advocating for social justice.

CARES Act Grant Assistance for Students

The federal government’s CARES Act has made grant assistance available to college students across the nation to assist them in dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19.   Grand Valley has been awarded federal funds and the authority to send those funds directly to students.  

We know that COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways and we want to see that you get the financial support you need now.  We have posted a short application that provides the opportunity for you to tell us how you’ve been impacted.  We will review each individual application as quickly as possible.  Here is the link:  www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/hardshiprequest

Thank you.  Be safe.  Your ability to continue with your educational journey is our highest priority.  We look forward to seeing you again on campus as soon as circumstances allow.

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

#EngageEnrichEnhance #CCPSGVSU #GVLakerEffect

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Social Work Professor Initiates Social Justice Book Club

December 13, 2019

A monthly book club called Social Justice Begins With Me, which meets at the Grand Rapids Public Library and is a partnership between the library and Grand Valley's School of Social Work, designed for children ages 4-11 and explores social justice issues.

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.

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Dominque Stevens, Social Work Major

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

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