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✓ Accelerated and traditional routes
✓ Hands-on, immersive courses
✓ Fully accredited program

Earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Tanika Williams Graduate Admissions CoordinatorMy name is Tanika Williams, MBA, MS, and I am here to help you navigate your path to earning your graduate degree. If you have any questions regarding application requirements use one of the links below or feel free to text me at (989) 461-2050.

MSW Program Coordinator

Denise Dedman Program CoordinatorOur MSW program provides the foundational knowledge social work professionals need to successfully work in the mental health field. Contact me at or (989) 964-2591 for questions about the MSW program.

Denise Dedman, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, Associate Professor

Choose Your Path

SVSU has two different paths for applicants to earn an MSW from SVSU. Our Advanced Standing cohort begins each Spring (May) semester while our Standard Admissions cohort begins each Summer (June/July) semester.

No matter which MSW path you choose, SVSU's MSW program prepares students to take either the clinical or macro license exam.

Advanced Standing MSW Path

Those interested in the MSW Advanced Standing program must have earned a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) within the past 5 years with a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher. This program can take 1-2 years to complete.

Standard MSW Path

Those interested in the MSW Standard Admission program must have either earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or earned their BSW from an accredited institution more than 5 years ago. This program can take 2-3 years to complete.

A Difference Maker

Social workers are life-changers, advocates, and go-getters who are constantly there for those in need. And right now, they’re in high demand. And when you enroll in the Master of Social Work program at SVSU, you’ll not only be on the fast path to earning an MSW, but you’ll be equipped with the tools and the knowledge to empower others, make a difference in your community, and change the lives of those who need it most. SVSU MSW graduates are working in areas such as private counseling centers, substance abuse centers, health care centers, VA hospitals, schools and private practice clinics.


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Unique Field Placement Opportunities

Our unique, immersion-based teaching method gives you real-world experience by placing you within 1 of over 200 local agencies and clinics, including clinical practice, community work, program development, and agency research. Plus, students can take electives in their field of interest.

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Cost-effective and Competitive

With the lower SVSU tuition, our MSW is one of the most affordable programs available and offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid options.

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Accredited Generalist Program

SVSU's CSWE-accredited advanced generalist MSW program combines courses in both micro-level/clinical and macro-level social work to prepare students to engage with vulnerable populations at multiple levels, from direct practice with individuals and families to larger-scale community programming and social leadership.

Industry Outlook

SVSU's MSW offers working adults a flexible solution for earning their degree from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program.

Average Job Growth*


Average Salary Range*

$38K/year to $74K/year

Average Job Placement Rate for SVSU MSW Graduates


*Stats are approximations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor

Assessment of MSW Student Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education requires all programs to measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the practice behaviors that represent competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to acquire during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the School of Social Work for each group of practice behaviors that represent social work competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the School to represent mastery of that particular set of practice behaviors.

2022-2023 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for the MSW Program (21KB)

College of Health and Human Services Social Work Program Organizational Chart (111KB)



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Saginaw Valley State University is a fully-accredited institution with our MSW program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).




Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230

Denise E. Dedman, PhD, ACSW, LMSW MSW Program Coordinator Associate Professor, Department of Social Work & Youth Services
Health & Human Services 239
(989) 964-2591

Tanika Williams
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(989) 461-2050