Mid-Michigan Advanced Standing Program

Clinical or Organization and Community Leadership (OCL)

Program description

The Mid-Michigan Advanced Standing MSW Program is the former Saginaw program beginning in 2018. Students attend class at Mott Community College Northern Tier Center in Clio, MI and complete the 38-credit Advanced Standing MSW Program on a 10-month full-time or a 2-year part-time schedule. All courses required for the Clinical Practice concentration are offered at this location. Students who choose the Organization and Community Leadership concentration are required to commute to East Lansing during the last two semesters of the 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 in social work degree from a program accredited by the CSWE and granted within the last six years.
  2. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.25 (on a 4.0-point scale) during the last 60 credits of undergraduate 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 (one specifically from field practicum) and/or 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 two days per week during the day and/or evening. Required courses are in a face-to-face format, held each semester year-round, and some electives have online options. OCL students will become a part of the final year of the macro OCL program and attend practice classes on the East Lansing campus, as well as completing core coursework by attending class in the Saginaw program.

Field education

Students complete three semesters of field education (4 credits each) for a total of 600 field hours. Field education is conducted during the first year for full-time status and second year for part-time. Typically, students participate in field 16 hours per week for 15 weeks per semester (seven weeks during summer semester). Every attempt is made to locate field placements close to where students live or work.