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Program Overview

Students in the Statewide Blended Regular Advanced Standing MSW Program complete the program through a unique blend of face-to-face instruction, Zoom videoconferencing, and online learning. The first required classes start in the summer and are fully online. Students also attend Summer Institute at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing each year of the program in mid-August. Students attend class one Saturday per month during the fall and spring semesters of the 2nd year of the program via Zoom videoconferencing software. Remaining coursework is done independently online. The MSW Program is fully accredited by CSWE. Students can choose between two areas of specialization: Clinical Practice and Organization and Community Leadership (OCL).

The Statewide Blended Advanced Standing MSW Program is a two-year part-time program, ideal for non-traditional students who need to balance work, family, and school demands.

Program Outcomes

The Statewide Blended Regular Advanced Standing MSW Program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and value base needed to become effective members of the professional social work community. Through integrated coursework and field experience, our students receive the education and training necessary to become highly skilled social work practitioners who will enrich the lives of those they serve and the communities in which they practice. The School of Social Work also provides optional learning opportunities MSW students can participate in, such as certificate programs that prepare students for practice in specific fields, an Advocacy Scholars Program, a Research Scholars Program, Education Abroad, and two dual degree options (MSW/JD and MSW/MPH).

Career Outlook

Social workers have a profound impact in a range of settings and work with a variety of people on many different social issues. At the macro level, social workers advocate for social change in agencies, systems, and communities as well as at regional, national, and international levels. Macro social workers fill a variety of roles such as agency administrators, policy analysts, and grant writers. Clinical social workers advocate for change at the individual level, with families, or in small groups and work in mental health, geriatrics, schools, private practice and many other settings. Students who graduate from this CSWE-accredited program are eligible to apply and work towards licensure. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), there were more than 680,000 social workers employed in the United States in 2016, a number that is projected to increase to more than 790,000 by 2026, a 16% growth rate, more than double the projected growth rate for all occupations.

Courses

Core

  • 812BIntersection of Theory, Policy, and Evaluation2 Credits

    Intro course taken in Summer Semester Year 1. Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 822Topics in Policy Practice and Advocacy3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 830Research Methods II2 Credits

    Core class required for those in Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 832 Evaluation Social WorkPrograms and Practice2 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL classifications.

  • SW 842BAdvanced Generalist Practice Methods2 Credits

    Intro course taken in Summer Semester of Year 2. Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 843Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis2 Credits

    Required only for Clinical specialization.

  • SW 845Administrative Skills for Social Work Practice3 Credits

    Required only for Clinical specialization.

  • SW 850Clinical Social Work Practice I3 Credits

    Required for Clinical Specialization only.

  • SW 851Clinical Social Work Practice II3 Credits

    Required for Clinical specialization.

  • SW 865Leadership in Organizations and Communities I3 Credits

    Required for OCL specialization

  • SW 866Leadership in Organizations and Communities II3 Credits

    Required for OCL specialization

  • SW 893BField Education: Advanced Generalist Practice2 Credits

    Field education course for Clinical and OCL specialization taken in Summer of Year 2 in conjunction with SW 842B.

  • SW 894DField Education: Clinical Practice 14 Credits

    Field education course for Clinical specialization taken in Fall of Year 2 in conjunction with SW 850.

  • SW 894EField Education: Clinical Practice II4 Credits

    Field education course for Clinical specialization to be taken Spring of second year in conjunction with SW 851.

  • SW 894GField Education: Organization and Communities I4 Credits

    Field education course required for OCL specialization and taken in Fall of second year in conjunction with SW 865.

  • SW 894IField Education: Organizations and Communities II4 Credits

    Field education course required for OCL specialization taken in Spring of second year in conjunction with SW 866.

Elective

  • SW 8916 to 9 Credit

    All students my complete 6 credits of electives. Students in the OCL specializatoin complete 3 additional credits of electives from an approved list (or another relevant course with approval from the MSW Program Team).

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A Bachelor's of Arts in Social Work granted within the last six years from a program accredited by the CSWE. If the program is not listed in CSWE’s current list of accredited undergraduate programs, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide documentation of a baccalaureate program’s accreditation status. No exceptions to this requirement will be made.

  2. 3.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    A grade-point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) during undergraduate studies. The grade point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate courses is primarily considered. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.25 are not eligible for the Advanced Standing program and should consider applying for the regular program.

  4. Previous work experience

    Résumé

  5. A written personal statement

    One, 3-page (double-spaced, 12-pt font) essay is required. Applicants should visit the School of Social Work webpage (socialwork.msu.edu) for instructions about what to include in this essay.

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    Recommenders should be from a professional, academic, and/or volunteer setting. For Advanced Standing applicants one recommender MUST be from their BSW field practicum supervisor.

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4502) In order to be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing MSW, your bachelor's degree in social work must be conferred before the program begins summer semester. In addition, applicants to the Advanced Standing MSW Program must: Live more than 30 miles from the East Lansing, Oakland, and Mid-Michigan campuses; if out of state, live within 50 miles of the Michigan border; have access to high-speed internet service (not dial-up) on a regular basis and a quiet workspace without distractions for the video conference sessions; successfully complete an Online Assessment and Orientation Program (OAOP) on how to learn effectively in an online environment; take part in an interview with program administrators (if requested). Note: The GRE is not a requirement for admissions to our MSW program.

Be sure to visit the School of Social Work website (socialwork.msu.edu) for additional application instructions beyond what is available through the admissions website.

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Key Dates

Fall 2021 (early bird deadline)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

Start Date

May 17, 2021

Fall 2021 (final deadline)

Application Deadline

January 10, 2021

Start Date

May 17, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $27,859
  • Total

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