Master of Social Work (MSW)
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MSU School of Social Work is a top 25 program amongst public universitiesKnowing you want to be a part of improving the social and economic climate is one thing—being equipped to do so is another. A Master of Social Work (MSW) from MSU will give you the tools you need to make lasting change.

Whether someone has worked in the field for decades or is just completing a bachelor's degree, the MSW Program at Michigan State University offers a wide variety of formats to educate the social work practitioners of tomorrow.



Throughout the MSW Program, students take courses in theory, policy, research, and practice methods, and benefit from intensive field experience. While the first half of the program provides students with a generalist foundation of social work knowledge, the second half prepares students for advanced practice in one of two concentrations:

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  • The Clinical Social Work concentration focuses on micro-level interventions appropriate for work with individuals, families, and groups. Learn more
  • The Organization and Community Leadership concentration focuses on macro-level interventions appropriate for work within communities and organizations. Learn more

Download our MSW flyer to learn more about our flexible program options. Please refer to the MSW Handbook for a complete description of the MSW Program at Michigan State University.

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