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Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Details

Credits Required:
39 (Advanced-standing)*
60 (Full-time and Extended-study)

* Advanced-standing option only available at WMU-Grand Rapids.
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Industry Highlights

  • Employment for social workers is expected to increase 16% by 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

A Cause for Change

Have a passion for world change? A Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services might be the next career move for you.

The MSW program prepares students to advocate for social and economic justice and for the personal well-being for all people. Students learn to identify and correct the individual and social causes of problems using a dynamic person-in-environment perspective.

Why Social Work at Western Michigan University

The MSW program's curriculum fosters sensitivity to diversity, cultural competence, and practice effectiveness. The faculty at the School of Social Work provides local, national and international leadership with research, scholarship, community service and partnerships. This master's program aims to strengthen your critical thinking skills in ways that apply directly to the field, leaving you an ethical, competent and reflective practitioner upon completion.

Who should apply

There are three options for students in the MSW program - Advanced-standing, Full-time and Extended-study. The option you select depends on whether you have a BSW degree, whether you intend to work while enrolled in the program and other considerations. Refer to the School of Social Work website for detailed information.

Career opportunities

The MSW program at Western Michigan University prepares you for direct-service and leadership positions in a wide range of settings

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.