Master of Social Work

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MSU School of Social Work is a top 25 program amongst public universitiesWhether 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 theory, policy, 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:

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  • 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 Handbook for a complete description of the MSW Program at Michigan State University or visit the program options page on this website.


+Professional Licensure and Certification Information

Professional Licensure and Certification: Federal regulations require MSU to publicly disclose, for each educational program designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (or advertised as meeting those requirements), information about whether program completion would meet those requirements in a state. These public disclosure requirements apply to all programs, regardless of their modality (i.e., on-ground, online, and hybrid programs). MSU discloses the required information for its Bachelors and Masters Programs in Social Work on pages 94-96 of this table. All current and prospective students are encouraged to contact the applicable professional licensure/certification boards in their respective states for additional information regarding professional licensure/certification requirements, including, without limitation, information regarding any non-educational requirements (such as post-doctoral supervision, licensing examination). The information in the table should not be construed as guaranteeing that any particular professional licensure/certification authority will approve a student’s application; nor should the information in the table be read to imply that other requirements for professional licensure/certification do not exist or that other requirements for professional licensure/certification have been determined to have been met by MSU’s program/course, or that any necessary approvals for clinical or other experiential learning placements are secured by virtue of a student’s enrollment at MSU. State professional licensure/certification requirements are subject to change at any time. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.