Program Options

If you have questions about which program is appropriate for you, please contact Stephanie McCann.

If you have questions about the admission process, please contact the Graduate Office Support Staff at 517-355-7519 or swgradoffice@ssc.msu.edu.

Regular MSW Program

The Regular Program is for you if your undergraduate degree is not in Social Work or you received a BSW, but it was not from a CSWE accredited program or the degree was granted more than 6 years ago.

Learn more about admission criteria to the Regular MSW Program.

Students in the Regular Program must complete a minimum of 57 credits through one of the following options:
  • East Lansing (Michigan State University campus, East Lansing, MI)
  • Flint (Mott Community College campus, Flint, MI)
  • Statewide Blended (Blended face-to-face/online option)
    • Go to school part time (3-year clinical track or 3-year OCL track)
    • To be eligible, students must live more than 50 miles from the East Lansing and Flint campuses and, if out of state, must live within 50 miles of the Michigan border
    • Begin the program in the summer semester
    • Attend the Summer Institute annually in mid-June at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on MSU's main campus in East Lansing
    • Attend regional meetings one Saturday per month at a location determined after students are admitted
    • Learn more about this program
  • Weekend (Blended face-to-face/online option)
    • Go to school part time (3-year clinical track or 3-year OCL track)
    • Begin the program in the fall semester
    • Attend class at the James B. Henry Center in Lansing once per month
    • To be eligible, students must be a Michigan resident or live within 50 miles of the Michigan border
    • Learn more about this program

Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing Program is for you if you have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) earned from a CSWE accredited university within the last 6 years.

Students in the Advanced Standing Program must complete a minimum of 38 credits in one of the following formats:

  • East Lansing (Michigan State University campus, East Lansing, MI)
  • Oakland (Oakland University campus, Rochester, MI)
  • Mid-Michigan (Mott Community College Northern Tier Center, Clio, MI)
    • Go to school full time (10-month clinical track or 10-month OCL track) or part time (2-year clinical track or 2-year OCL track)
    • Begin the program in the summer semester
    • Attend class on campus at the Mott Community College Northern Tier Center two days per semester, during the day and evening on Monday and Tuesday
    • Mid-Michigan OCL students are required to commute to East Lansing during the last two semesters of the program
    • Learn more about this program
  • Statewide Blended (Blended face-to-face/online option)
    • Go to school part time (2-year clinical track or 2-year OCL track)
    • Begin the program in the summer semester
    • To be eligible, students must live more than 50 miles from the East Lansing and Flint campuses and, if out of state, must live within 50 miles of the Michigan border
    • Attend the Summer Institute annually in mid-June at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on MSU's main campus in East Lansing
    • Attend regional meetings one Saturday per month at a location determined after students are admitted
    • Learn more about this program

Dual Degree Options

Students may pursue one of the following dual degree options:
  • Joint MSW/JD
    • The Joint Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor (MSW/JD) dual degree option is available to students in East Lansing and those enrolled in other program options who are willing to commute
    • Students must apply and be separately accepted to the MSU College of Law's JD program
    • The plan of study for the MSW/JD dual degree is a full-time commitment for 4 years
    • The admissions criteria for the joint MSW/JD Program are the same as those for the Regular MSW Program, but applicants must be admitted to both programs in order to participate.
  • Joint MSW/MPH
    • The Joint Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) dual degree option is available to MSW students in East Lansing, Flint, Oakland, or Mid-Michigan
    • Students must apply and be accepted separately to the MSU College of Human Medicine's MPH program
    • The plan of study for the MSW/MPH dual degree option is developed on an individual basis
    • Learn more about this program