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Earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree

Tanika Williams Graduate Admissions Rep

Meet Your Graduate Admissions Representative

Tanika Williams is here to help you navigate your path to earning your graduate degree. Feel free to reach out to him with your questions regarding specific programs and application requirements.

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 Regular Admissions cohort begins each Summer (June/July) semester.

Advanced Standing Path

Those interested in the MSW Advanced Standing program must have earned a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work within the past 5 years with a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Regular Admission Path

Those interested in the MSW Regular 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.

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’s of Social Work program at SVSU, you’ll not only be on the fastest path to earning an MSW in the state of Michigan, 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.


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Hands-On Experience

Our unique, immersion-based teaching method gives you real-world experience in 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 fewer credits required to graduate than comparable programs, 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

Saginaw Valley State University’s Master’s of Social Work advanced Generalist program is accredited by the Council of Work Education (CSWE).

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


*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.

2021-2020 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for the MSW Program (181KB)



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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

Lucy Mercier MSW Program Coordinator
Health & Human Services 247
(989) 964-4077

Tanika Williams, Graduate Recruiter
(989) 461-2050