Program description

The Regular MSW Program has been in the Flint area since 2001. Students on the Flint campus (hosted at Mott Community College) complete the 57-credit Regular MSW Program on a 2-year full-time or a 3-year part-time schedule. All courses required for the Clinical Practice concentration are offered in Flint. Students who choose the Organization and Community Leadership (OCL) concentration are required to complete specific coursework through the Weekend MSW Program. All MSW programs are fully accredited by CSWE.

Admissions process

The application deadline is January 10 of each year for all MSW programs. Detailed admissions information is available on our website at socialwork.msu.edu. The entire admissions process is completed online, and online applications open in September.

Specific requirements for admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized/accredited institution.
  2. A grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0-point scale) during the last 60 credits of undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study.
  3. One official transcript sent directly from your degree-granting institution. If fewer than 60 credits, include transcripts from previous colleges and/or universities attended.
  4. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work.
  5. Evidence of strong academic writing skills.
  6. Prior academic work reflecting a liberal arts perspective that provides the basis of social work graduate education, including at least 19 semester credits in humanities and social and natural sciences.
  7. Three recommendation letters referencing prior academic and work experience (paid and/or volunteer).
(Note: The GRE is not a requirement for admission into any of the MSW programs.)

Admission will be determined by a combination of factors including: grade point average, length and type of work and volunteer experience, letters of reference addressing the applicant’s academic and professional potential, writing ability, diversity, and assessment of the applicant’s commitment to social work and capacity for the profession.

Schedule of courses

Students attend classes one to three evenings per week. Classes are held from 6:00 pm to 8:50 pm. Required courses are normally in a face-to-face format, held each semester year-round, with some elective online options.

Field education

Students complete four semesters of field education (4 credits each) for a total of 960 field hours. Field education is conducted during the fall and spring semesters. Typically, students participate in field 16 hours per week for 15 weeks per semester. Every attempt is made to locate field placements close to where students live or work. Field education is the hallmark of graduate professional social work and is where theory and academics are put into practice.


Mott Community College is located in the college and cultural area of Flint. It is easily accessible from I-69 and I-75 expressways.