MSW - Ask Admissions

The GVSU School of Social Work welcomes applicants from all majors to the Master's program.  Contact Joan Borst to discuss the MSW program, application process, advanced standing criteria, your graduate school options, or your career objectives..

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MSW Program Information Sessions for Prospective Students
Information Sessions to applicants interested in more information regarding the Masters of Social Work program. No prearranged appointment is necessary.  These sessions are held at the School of Social Work Office on the third floor, east wing of DeVos Center (401 Fulton Street West)

Dates and Times:

  • September 10, 2018  12-1pm
  • September 26, 2018 6:30-7:30pm
  • October 8, 2018 12-1pm
  • October 24, 2018 6:30-7:30pm
  • November 12, 2018  12-1pm
  • November 28, 2018 6:30-7:30pm
  • December 10, 2018 12-1pm

Joan Borst

Joan Borst, Ph.D., LMSW

Contact Dr. Joan Borst to discuss the MSW program, application process, advanced standing criteria, your graduate school options, or your career objectives..

APPLICATION TIMELINE

Program Type

Application Deadline

Semester Start

Advanced Standing - Full time

February 1

Begin Spring/Summer semester only 4

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


Frequently Asked Questions

I did not major in social work. Can I still get enter the MSW program?

Yes. Student with any undergraduate major can earn their MSW. Over a five-year period, students came to us with 51 different undergraduate majors. Other than social work, the top 20 majors were psychology, sociology, criminal justice, family studies, health professions / science, human services, Spanish, behavioral science, English, international relations / studies, liberal studies, religion, biomedical sciences, women and gender studies, art, communication studies, film and video, legal studies, management, and philosophy.

Can I take an MSW course if I have not been admitted to the MSW program?


Applicants who are not seeking the MSW degree or have not completed all of the admissions requirements are considered to be Non-Degree seeking. These students may earn up to six social work credits in the School of Social Work by selecting up to two of the following courses: SW600, SW601, SW610 and SW620.

Can I apply for Advanced Standing?

Applicants can apply for advanced standing if they have earned an baccalaureate degree in social work through a CSWE-accredited program within the five years prior to enrollment in the MSW program. Advanced standing students may therefore accelerate their graduate study by completing 41 hours of degree requirements in one calendar year.

What will I need to complete my application?

You can start your electronic application now, and save it to finish later. To complete it, you will need:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended, other than Grand Valley, sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office.)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Resume detailing work and volunteer experiences
  • Coursework requirement form
  • Five-page personal statement (see instructions under Program-specific Application Requirements)
  • $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)