MSW Admission and Academic Requirements

MSW Program Information Sessions for Prospective Students

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

To best prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, the GVSU MSW program will discontinue reading new applications as of Friday, August 21, 2020. All applicants who have received an email from Dr. Borst stating she has received your application, you will also receive an admission decision.

If you are interested in submitting an application in the future, please contact Dr. Borst at for assistance or join an information session accessed through the link below.

Information Sessions are for potential applicants interested in more information regarding the Masters of Social Work program. No prearranged appointment is necessary.  Please join us!  

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

MSW Information Sessions 
Held Virtually

Monday, July 13 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, July 22 - 6:30pm-7:30pm
Monday, August 4 - 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Wednesday, August 12 - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Monday, August 24 - 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Click on the Following Link to Join the Information Session

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




Program Type

Application Deadline

Semester Start

Advanced Standing - Full time

February 1

Begin Spring/Summer semester only

Advanced Standing - Part Time

March 15

Begin Fall Semester Only

Regular Program - Full Time

March 15

Begin Fall Semester Only

Regular Program - Part Time

March 15

Begin Fall Semester Only

Regular Program - Part Time

October 1

Begin Winter Semester Only


Courses Offered


The Master of Social Work admission requirements and application for admission are available online.


The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

The Master of Social Work program is a minimum of 60 credits.

See the full list of courses.

See sample curriculum charts below for details on how your courses can be scheduled for your degree completion:

MSW Foundation Curriculum Chart - Full Time
MSW Foundation Curriculum Chart - Part Time
MSW Advanced Standing Curriculum Chart - Full Time
MSW Advanced Standing Curriculum Chart - Part Time
MSW/MPA Curriculum Chart
MSW School Social Worker School Placement Winter Field Start Curriculum Chart - Full time
MSW School Social Worker Agency Placement Summer Start Curriculum Chart - Full Time
MSW School Social Work School Placement Winter Start Curriculum Chart - Part Time 
MSW School Social Work Agency Placement Summer Start - Part Time

Tuition and Fees

Financial Support


Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency.  Tuition is based on the program in which you choose to enroll.