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Regular Admission

Individuals interested in obtaining a Masters of Social Work qualify for the regular admission program having earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or having earned their BSW from an accredited institution more than 5 years ago.

Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of the University and requirements of the Council on Social Work Education EPAS (2015), the mission of the Social Work department at SVSU is to promote social welfare and well- being for residents of Great Lakes Bay Region, the state of Michigan, and beyond through generalist education about evidence-based social work practice and advancement of knowledge about social problems. We seek to educate ethical, effective, and diversity-competent generalist social workers who are prepared to provide interprofessional services that promote human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice to the oppressed peoples and institutions that reside in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Graduates from our program will be prepared for leadership in direct and indirect practices that empower individuals, families, groups, and communities.


(Adopted by the faculty on May 9, 2016)


MSW Program Goals

Graduates of the SVSU Master of Social Work program will be prepared as Advanced Generalist social workers. The MSW program aims to:

  • Promote the social welfare and well-being of residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond, through experiential and immersion service, research, and program development.
  • Produce ethical consumers and producers of evidence-based practice knowledge regarding social problems in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.
  • Educate social workers who are proficient in work in interprofessional settings, utilizing a multisystemic and diversity competent approach.
  • Utilize relevant knowledge about human behavior in the social environment to serve and shape policy and practice for the pursuit of a socially just society.
  • Contribute to the empowerment of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities through the active pursuit of economic and environmental justice, and resistance to mechanisms of oppression and discrimination at all levels of society.


(Adopted by the faculty on October 30, 2017)


Current Program Outcomes

Download the most recent program assessment here: 2019 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for the MSW Program (119KB)    


MSW Policy Manual

Download the current policy manual here: MSW Policy Manual (791KB)    

Admission Criteria for Regular MSW Program

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university (including a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree more than 5 years old).
  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher, in the most recent 60 credits. Students with GPAs lower than 3.0 may submit a statement of petition to be considered for admission.
  • Submission of completed online application
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Professional Reflection (20KB)
  • Three references from educators, supervisors, or employers.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit either a TOEFL score of 79 or higher or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Admissions decisions will be made by a committee designated by the Director of the MSW program. 

The committee may elect to conduct interviews with applicants, in addition to the requirements above.


Program Requirements

The MSW program consists of 55-57 graduate level social work credits for regular MSW students, or 39-41 graduate level social work credits for advanced standing MSW students.


All MSW students must select a minimum of six credits of graduate SW electives. Electives will be scheduled based on faculty availability.


SVSU's Master of Social Work offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree in social work from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program. With an MSW degree, you can land a job like.

  • Medical Social Worker: expected to grow by 22 % through 2018, and earn anywhere from $49,830 to $74,030 annually per recent reports at the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor: predicted to grow by 20 percent by 2018. With median average salaries beginning at $38,120 and extending to as much as $60,400 per the BLS, this career opportunity is often one of the best for MSW graduates to pursue.
  • Child Welfare Case Worker:  expected to grow at a normal rate of 12 percent before 2018. Most child welfare case workers have lower earnings ranging from $26,710 to $40,210 though some within administrative positions have higher earnings of $42,480 to $70,390 per figures available at the BLS.
  • School Social Worker: According to the BLS, school social workers have the potential to earn as much as $40,210 to $52,000 annually.
  • Clinical Mental Health Social Worker: Earnings for clinical mental health social workers generally range from $38,610 to $60,280 per year


Michigan Resident 

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Non-Michigan Resident

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Program Specific Fees:

Social Work LEAD Registration & Transportation (SW483, 520) $83.00
Social Work Hull-House Service Learning Activity (SW500, 510) $265.00
Social Work Detroit Immersion Service Learning Activity (SW550B, 551)  $550.00

Paying for Classes


Financial Aid

Students can apply for FAFSA by October 1 for the following academic year.  Visit to get started.  Please note each academic year begins with Fall and ends the following summer.  For example, students beginning in Spring or Summer 2021 will need to fill out the 2020-2021 FAFSA form to have a financial aid package.  Students planning to enroll in Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 will need to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA form to qualify.   By October 1, 2020, both forms will be available. 

Students graduating with their degree after a Winter (January) semester and starting our MSW in the same Spring or Summer will need to log in to their FAFSA to update their academic level and other details.  This needs to be completed before financial aid can be awarded at the graduate level. 


Payment Plan

Graduate Students have the option of enrolling in an interest-free payment plan each Fall and Winter Semester.  Visit: for more information.


Private Scholarships


Apply to SVSU Private Scholarships through  Some of the scholarships available include:  


Frederick Douglas and Natalia Ruth Horak Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Qualified applicants will be residents of Bay, Midland or Saginaw counties pursuing degrees full-time in pre-medicine, nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, or sociology. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service and possess a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.

Award: $1,160


Maynard D. and Goldie Bartha Allyn Scholarship Fund

Candidates must meet the following requirements: be enrolled full- or part-time pursuing a degree in social work or be completing their pre-social work requirements; express a desire to be employed or practice (or be currently employed of practicing in a child welfare position; demonstrate a capacity for continued growth in professional education; show a commitment to the code of ethics for the social work profession; show understanding of the demands of being a public child welfare professional; exhibit a maturing interest in an commitment to the public child welfare profession; and someone that is employed in or will practice in child welfare positions. There is also a preference for the following: employees of Michigan Department of Social Services. Desired but not required: a cumulative 3.0 overall G.P.A. and a 3.25 G.P.A. in required social work curriculum. Financial need will be considered as a tie-breaker only if potential recipients are similarly qualified. If no eligible candidates, may consider students with no child welfare exposure but demonstrate leadership, deep concern, and commitment to work with troubled children and parents.

Award: $1,700


Robert Castro Jaime Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time Social Work majors who have a minimum GPA of 2.25 or higher and demonstrate financial need (FAFSA). Candidates must also be residents of Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Gratiot, or Isabella Counties and demonstrate the ability or potential to make a positive contribution to the field of Social Work.

Award: $1,000 


Walter T. James Memorial Scholarship

Candidates must be full-time students who possess a minimum cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. or high school G.P.A. and must maintain a 3.0 GPA during the fall semester of the award in order to be eligible for the winter semester award. Applicants should also demonstrate good character, commitment to community service, involvement in extra-curricular activities, show leadership. There is a preference to sociology, social work, and criminal justice majors.

Award: $1,225


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230

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

Financial Aid
Wickes Hall 170