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


Are you interested in getting a Master’s in Social Work?
MSW Information Sessions Held Virtually

Wednesday, March 25, 2020  - 6:30pm-7:30pm
Monday, April 13 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2020  - 6:30pm-7:30pm
Monday, April 13 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, May 27, 2020  - 6:30pm-7:30pm

Click on the Following Link to Join the Information Session

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+1-571-392-7650 PIN: 913 065 1472

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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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Thesis Defense

April 27, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

THESIS DEFENSE ANNOUNCEMENT Caitlin Brown An Examination of Religious Institution Involvement in Trauma Recovery

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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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