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Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Program

 

MSW Applications for Fall 2014 are CLOSED

Advanced Standing (East Lansing/Oakland/Saginaw)

CLOSED January 17, 2014

Statewide Blended CLOSED January 17, 2014

Weekend CLOSED February 1, 2014

Regular Program (East Lansing/Flint) CLOSED February 1, 2014

 

All MSW programs at Michigan State University are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). All provide the academic courses and field experiences required to develop the ten core social work competencies identified by CSWE and the social work practice community. The primary focus of the MSW Program is preparation for foundation and advanced practice in Clinical Social Work (micro-level interventions) and Organization and Community Leadership (macro-level interventions). The generalist foundation prepares students for practice through development of the ten core competencies at the beginning or basic level, through course and field experiences that provide the grounding for all professional social work practice, regardless of setting, specialization, or professional role.

The curriculum for both the Clinical Social Work and the Organization and Community Leadership concentrations includes courses in human behavior in the social environment, social welfare services and policy, research methods, administration, practice methods, field education, and special topics. Both concentrations focus on the same ten core social work competencies, but prepare students for practice in these areas at an advanced level through both courses and field experiences.

View the goals of the MSW program of the MSU School of Social Work

 

The Clinical Social Work concentration prepares students to practice advanced clinical skills in a variety of settings that focus on individuals, families, and groups. For more detailed information, download this 2-page pdf file.

The Organization and Community Leadership concentration prepares students to practice a wide range of advanced skills for leadership and change management within diverse organizations and communities.

 

 

Students in the MSW program require the ability to think critically and work collaboratively with others. They should have competence in written and oral expression and the willingness to use computer and advanced communications technology.

The School offers both full- and part-time options in both the regular and advanced standing degree programs. Please refer to the MSW Manual, which provides information about the School, the curriculum, and University policies that affect all students.

MSW Program Options

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  • East Lansing Campus
    The East Lansing campus offers the regular MSW program with 2 year full-time and 3 year or 4 year part-time options, as well as the advanced standing program with 1 year full-time and 2 year part-time options. Both clinical and organization and community leadership advanced concentrations are available. Advanced standing applicants must have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education accredited social work baccalaureate program within the last six years.

  • Joint MSW/JD degree
    The School of Social Work and the MSU College of Law offer a joint degree program for students who wish to pursue the MSW and JD concurrently on the East Lansing campus. The joint program offers students the opportunity to complete both degrees in 4 academic years of full-time study. Applicants must apply to both programs, satisfying the respective requirements and completing all admission materials of each school. Each school will reach admission decisions independently. The admissions decision made by one school shall have no effect on the admission decision of the other. Only those applicants accepted to both schools will be considered for acceptance into the dual degree program. Both clinical and organization and community leadership advanced concentrations are available.

  • Flint Campus
    All courses required for the MSW in clinical social work are offered in Flint at Mott Community College; additional electives and choices are available in East Lansing and Flint. This is a 3 year part-time program. You will need to attend some classes in East Lansing if you select the organization and community leadership concentration.

  • Oakland Campus
    The MSU School of Social Work offers an advanced standing clinical MSW program with 1 year full-time and 2 year part-time options at Oakland University; all classes are held on the OU campus. You will need to attend some classes in East Lansing if you select the organization and community leadership concentration. Advanced standing applicants must have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education accredited social work baccalaureate program within the last six years.

  • Saginaw Campus
    The MSU School of Social Work offers an advanced standing clinical MSW with 1 year full-time and 2 year part-time options at Saginaw Valley State University; all classes are held on the SVSU campus. You will need to attend some classes in East Lansing if you select the organization and community leadership concentration. Advanced standing applicants must have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education accredited social work baccalaureate program within the last six years.

  • Statewide Blended Program

    The Statewide Blended Program offers the MSW degree with a clinical focus in the Regular 3-year part-time model and the Advanced Standing two-year part-time model. This program combines face-to-face, videoconferencing, and online instruction. Applicants for the Regular program must live more than 50 miles from both the East Lansing and Flint campuses. Applicants for the Advanced Standing program must live more than 50 miles from East Lansing, Oakland, and Saginaw campuses and have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education accredited social work baccalaureate program within the last six years. In addition, applicants for both Statewide Blended Program options must live within 50 miles of the Michigan border.

  • Weekend MSW Program
    The Weekend MSW Program with a concentration in Organization and Community Leadership is a three-year part-time program that combines online instruction with face-to-face weekend sessions (Friday evening and all day Saturday) at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development located on MSU’s main campus in East Lansing.

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