Graduate Degree - Social Work - Master of Social Work

Program:
Social Work - Master of Social Work
Program Code:
4493 Clinical Social Work
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Social Work
Start Term:
FQ86
College:
College of Social Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
School of Social Work
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Social Science

School of Social Work

Graduate Study
Social Work - Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work degree program includes extensive required courses and course sequences in social work. Only Plan B (without thesis) is available.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission to the Master of Social Work Degree Program

All students begin the Master of Social Work degree program in the fall semester to align their enrollment with the sequencing of required courses. Therefore, applicants should seek admission during the previous fall semester. Students wishing to be considered for admission must complete all application materials described on the School of Social Work Web site at www.socialwork.msu.edu. Although an undergraduate major or concentration in the social sciences or in social work may be helpful, it is not required.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Social Work degree program, a person must have:

  1. A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized institution. (Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are not accepted) 
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study.  The grade-point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate course work is primarily considered.
  3. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work, as demonstrated through the Applicant statement and letters of reference.
  4. Prior work reflecting a liberal arts perspective with 19 credits in humanities and social and natural sciences, such as courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, and languages.

In addition to these requirements, applicants to the Statewide Blended and Weekend program options must meet additional requirements. For Statewide Blended, applicants must:

  1. Live more than 30 miles from both the East Lansing and Flint campuses.
  2. Live in the state of Michigan, or if out-of-state, within 50 miles of the Michigan border.
  3. Have regular access to high-speed internet service. 
  4. Complete an online assessment and orientation program on how to learn effectively in the online environment.
  5. Applicants may also be asked to participate in a personal interview.

For Weekend, applicants must:

  1. Live in the state of Michigan, or if out-of-state, within 50 miles of the Michigan border.
  2. Have regular access to high-speed internet service.
  3. Complete an online assessment and orientation program on how to learn effectively in the online environment.
  4. Applicants may also be asked to participate in a personal interview.

Requirements for the Master of Social Work Degree Program

The student must complete 57 credits in specified instruction in social work. Detailed plans of study are available in the Master of Social Work Manual which is available at www.socialwork.msu.edu. Required course work for both the Clinical Social Work major and the Organization and Community Leadership major are taken in the following areas:  social work practice methods, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, research methods, and field education.

Admission to the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program

Persons who hold a recent bachelor’s degree in social work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may apply for admission to the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program.

Students begin the program in summer session. Applicants should therefore seek admission during the previous fall semester. Students wishing to be considered for admission must complete all the application materials described on the School of Social Work website (www.socialwork.msu.edu).

To be considered for admission to the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program, a person must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in social work, granted within the last six years, from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) during undergraduate study. The grade-point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate course work is primarily considered. 
  3. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work as demonstrated through the applicant statement and letters of reference.
  4. Prior academic work reflecting a liberal arts perspective with 19 credits in humanities and social and natural sciences, such as courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, and languages.
In addition, applicants to the Statewide Blended Advanced Standing program must also:
  1. Live more than 30 miles from both the East Lansing, Oakland, and Mid-Michigan campuses. 
  2. Live in the state of Michigan, or if out-of-state, within 50 miles of the Michigan border.
  3. Have regular access to high-speed internet service. 
  4. Complete an online assessment and orientation program on how to learn effectively in the online environment.
  5. Applicants may also be asked to participate in a personal interview.

Requirements for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program

The student must complete 38 credits in specified instruction in social work. Detailed plans of study are available in the Master of Social Work Manual which is available at www.socialwork.msu.edu. Required course work for both the Clinical Social Work major and the Organization and Community Leadership major are taken in the following areas:  social work practice methods, social welfare policy, research methods, and field education.

Residence

One year of residence consisting of two consecutive semesters and involving at least 7 credits of graduate course work each semester is required. If students attend part–time, the residency requirement must be met in the year that the advanced methods and practicum courses are being completed.

Part–Time Students

Both the Master of Social Work program and the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program are available on a part–time basis.

At the time of admission, students must apply for either part–time or full–time study. Students may transfer between part–time and full–time study with approval of the School. The process is outlined in the MSW Handbook.

Part–time students must progress through a plan of study as specified by the school. All students must meet their residence requirements during the year in which they are enrolled in the advanced practice and field instruction courses.