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.

Learn more about admission criteria to the Michigan State MSW Program.

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, the degree was granted more than 6 years ago, or your undergraduate GPA is below 3.25..

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)
    • Full time or part time
    • Starts fall semester
    • Classes meet on the MSU campus during the day and/or evening, usually on Mondays and Tuesdays
    • Learn more about this program
  • Flint (Mott Community College campus, Flint, MI)
    • Full time or part time
    • Starts fall semester
    • Classes meet on the Mott Community College campus one or two evenings per week
    • Learn more about this program
  • Statewide Blended (Blended face-to-face/online option)
    • Part time only
    • Starts fall semester
    • Attend the Summer Institute annually mid-August at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on MSU's main campus in East Lansing
    • Attend class one Saturday per month during the Fall and Spring semesters via Zoom videoconferencing software. Remaining coursework done independently online.
    • To be eligible, students must live more than 30 miles from the East Lansing and Flint campuses and, if out of state, must live within 50 miles of the Michigan border
    • Learn more about this program
  • Weekend (Blended face-to-face/online option)
    • Part time only
    • Starts fall semester
    • Attend class at the James B. Henry Center in Lansing once per month. Remaining coursework done independently online.
    • 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 Bachelors of Social Work earned from a CSWE accredited university within the last 6 years and and your undergraduate GPA is 3.25 or higher.

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)
    • Full time or part time
    • Starts summer semester with fully online classes
    • Classes meet in Fall and Spring on the MSU campus during the day and/or evening, usually on Mondays and Tuesdays
    • Learn more about this program
  • Oakland (Oakland University campus, Rochester, MI)
    • Full time or part time
    • Starts summer semester with fully online classes
    • Classes meet in Fall and Spring on the Oakland University campus two days and/or evenings per week, usually on Mondays and Tuesdays
    • Oakland OCL students are required to commute to East Lansing during the last two semesters of the program
    • Learn more about this program
  • Mid-Michigan (Mott Community College Northern Tier Center, Clio, MI)
    • Full time or part time
    • Starts summer semester with fully online classes
    • Classes meet in Fall and Spring at the Mott Community College Northern Tier Center two days and/or evenings per week, usually on Mondays and Tuesdays
    • 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)
    • Part time only
    • Starts summer semester with fully online classes
    • Attend the Summer Institute annually in mid-August at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on MSU's main campus in East Lansing
    • Attend class one Saturday per month during the Fall and Spring semesters in the 2nd year of the program via Zoom videoconferencing software. Remaining coursework done independently online.
    • To be eligible, students must live more than 30 miles from the East Lansing, Oakland and Mid-Michigan campuses and, if out of state, must live within 50 miles of the Michigan border
    • Learn more about this program

Dual Degree Options

Students may pursue one of the following dual degree options:
  • Joint MSW/JD
    • Full-time for 4 years
    • JD classes meet on the MSU campus in East Lansing. Students in off-campus MSW program options must be willing to commute.
    • The admissions criteria for the MSW Program are the same as those for all MSW program options.
    • Students must apply and be separately accepted to the MSU College of Law's JD program
  • Joint MSW/MPH
    • MPH courses are fully online
    • The admissions criteria for the MSW Program are the same as those for all MSW program options
    • Students must apply and be accepted separately to the MSU College of Human Medicine's MPH program