Program description

The Weekend Regular MSW Program admitted its first cohort of students in the fall of 2012, with a new cohort of students admitted every year since then. Students complete this program through a unique blend of face-to-face weekend sessions and online learning. Weekend sessions are held one time per month during the fall and spring semesters (8 sessions per year) and take place at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. In between these weekend sessions, coursework is completed online, providing greater flexibility for students who wish to continue working while completing the 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).
  8. Have easy access to high-speed Internet service (not dial-up) on a regular basis.
(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.

In addition, applicants for the Weekend Regular MSW Program must:

  • Live within 50 miles of the Michigan border if out-of-state resident.
  • Have easy access to high-speed Internet service (not dial-up) on a regular basis.

Once admitted into the program and before the courses start in August, students are asked to complete an online assessment and orientation program (OAOP) on how to learn effectively in the online environment.

Schedule of Courses and Concentrations

The Weekend Regular MSW Program is a 57-credit, 3-year, part-time, year-round program. The first year of the program is focused exclusively on academic courses, while the second and third years of the program combine academic courses with field education. Students can choose between the Clinical Practice and Organization and Community Leadership concentrations.

Field education

Students in the Weekend Regular MSW Program complete the field education requirement during the second and third years of the program (4 semesters total). Each semester (15 weeks), students spend 16 hours per week in field, totaling 240 hours per semester, or 960 hours over the course of four semesters. Every attempt is made to locate field placements close to where students live or work. Students who have long-term employment in a qualified social work organization may be eligible to complete the first two semesters of the field education requirement within their employing institution. Project-based field placements may also be an option for students with established social work careers.


The Weekend Regular MSW Program is hosted at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development (3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910). An on-site extended stay hotel, The Candlewood Suites, provides an affordable option for Weekend MSW students who need overnight lodging.

Contact information

MSU School of Social Work
655 Auditorium Road
Room 239 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
Email: wkndmsw@msu.edu