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CSWE Accredited

CSWE Accredited

Masters of Social Work at SVSU

We are Cardinals — social workers, life-changers, and go-getters. We promote human rights and advocate for those in need. We see every struggle as an opportunity to rise together. We are Saginaw Valley State University and we are waiting for you. Join us today.


Graduates of the SVSU Master of Social Work Program will be prepared as Advanced Generalist Social Workers. Our unique immersion-based method provides students with real-world experience in clinical practice, community work, program development, and agency research. Students learn alongside faculty mentors in diverse community settings as part of every course in the program.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Pathways

SVSU has two different paths for applicants to earn an MSW from SVSU.  Our Advanced Standing path is designed to streamline earning this advanced degree for BSW graduates from accredited institutions, earning their degree within the last 5 years, with a 3.25 GPA or higher.  Our Regular Admissions path provides more practice and experience for students who earned their BSW more than 5 years ago or earned a bachelor's degree other than a BSW and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Click on one of the links below to learn more!

Our Advanced Standing cohort begins each Spring (May) semester while our Regular Admissions cohort begins each Summer (June/July) semester. 

Advanced Standing Path (earned a BSW in last 5 years)
Regular Admissions Path
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Fully Accredited!

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


Read our accreditation press release here!


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


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230

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

Financial Aid
Wickes Hall 170