Our Programs

Students presenting research and attending class sessionBachelor of Arts in Social Work

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) Program at MSU is one of the oldest in the country. Our graduates are highly successful in finding employment and being admitted to graduate school. Diversity with a special emphasis on strengthening families, communities, and advancing social justice for oppressed populations is the signature theme of the program. Content on diversity and social justice is integrated into all the social work courses.

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Michigan State University is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The primary focus of the MSW Program is preparation for foundation and advanced practice in Clinical Social Work (micro-level interventions with individuals, families, and groups) and Organization and Community Leadership (macro-level interventions within communities and organizations). Students can attend face-to-face classes on the main MSU campus in East Lansing, or they can join our Oakland, Flint, or Mid-Michigan programs, or take a mix of online and face-to-face instruction through our Statewide Blended or Weekend programs. 

PhD Program

The PhD Program The PhD program in Social Work is designed to prepare social workers for leadership positions. It emphasizes the development, analysis, and application of social work knowledge related to professional practice and research in selected settings and to social work education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the Social Work profession and the field of social welfare.

Field Education

Field education for both the BASW and MSW programs will provide exciting opportunities to gain critical experience in a professional environment. We work with over 850 programs throughout the state of Michigan and abroad.

Community Programs and Outreach

Our Community Programs include Chance at Childhood, Continuing EducationFostering Academics, Mentoring Excellence (FAME), Kinship Care Resource Center, and Veterinary Social Work. They provide service, outreach, and teaching through field education placements and serve to develop best practices, and provide research opportunities to study program development and sustainability, among other topics.