Director's Welcome

John MooradianAs Director of the MSU School of Social Work, I am honored to welcome you to our website. I invite you to learn more about our programs, our faculty, and our students. Our School has a rich history of community-engaged research, education, and service, and an enduring commitment to improve society, through our mission of social justice and positive change.

Our accredited BASW and MSW programs and Field Education prepare students to be skilled service providers and outstanding practitioners in clinical, community, and organizational settings, and our PhD program prepares professionals to be cutting-edge researchers, inspirational educators, and effective policy analysts and advocates.

Our community programs serve children and families in the child welfare and legal systems, provide resources and advocacy for kinship care families, support the resilience of MSU students across all majors who come from foster care or are otherwise independent, and offer emotional and informational support to professionals, staff, and clients engaged in the MSU veterinary medicine clinic. Our Continuing Education program is the most prolific university-based social work program in the State of Michigan, and is also authorized to provide continuing education to psychologists and licensed professional counselors.

Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds, and follow varied pathways into the academy that enrich our students’ experiences. We apply practice knowledge and thorough academic preparation to our scholarship and teaching. We collaborate with each other and with other professions, units, institutions, and organizations to achieve our mission. Our research is rich and impactful.

Our students are highly intelligent, motivated, and dedicated individuals, who actively pursue social betterment at all levels. Our School empowers them to learn, to serve, and to excel.

We are committed to inclusion, information, and impact. We believe fully in the dignity and worth of all persons, and our initiatives aim to generate and disseminate grounded knowledge that improves the lives of diverse human beings.

Please explore our site often, and connect with us through social media.

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Dr. John Mooradian, Director and Associate Professor