Master of Social Work

Whether someone has worked in the field for decades or is just completing a bachelor's degree, the MSW Program at Michigan State University offers a wide variety of formats to educate the social work practitioners of tomorrow.

Throughout the MSW Program, students take courses in research and practice methods, and benefit from intensive field experience. While the first half of the program provides students with a generalist foundation of social work knowledge, the second half prepares students for advanced practice in one of two concentrations:

  • The Clinical Social Work concentration focuses on micro-level interventions appropriate for work with individuals, families, and groups. Learn more
  • The Organization and Community Leadership concentration focuses on macro-level interventions appropriate for work within communities and organizations. Learn more

Please refer to the MSW Manual for a complete description of the MSW Program at Michigan State University.


Michigan State University's Master of Social Work (MSW) programs and its Bachelor of Social Work (BASW) program are fully-accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and designed to meet the State of Michigan’s social work licensing criteria. However, MSU cannot confirm whether these programs meet licensure requirements in states other than Michigan. Students who may be seeking professional licensure elsewhere will need to check with the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the program meets the requirement for licensure. Each state’s social work licensing requirements can be found at: