We appreciate your interest in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University, where we offer both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree programs. Our comprehensive curriculums are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Our top-of-the-line faculty consist of nationally known professors who have a diverse knowledge in the social work profession and bring local, national, and international contributions to the community.

Our School of Social Work Office, Located at the Downtown Campus

Are you interested in a Master of Social Work?

The GVSU School of Social Work welcomes applicants from any major to the Master's program.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Borst at [email protected] for assistance or join an information session.

Are you looking for continuing education credits?

The School of Social Work and Center for Adult and Continuing Studies offer programs approved for Michigan social work continuing education clock hours. 


Accredited by

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

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

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.


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