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Program Overview

Students in the Statewide Blended Regular MSW Program complete the program through a unique blend of face-to-face instruction, Zoom videoconferencing, and fully online learning. Face-to-face instruction takes place yearly in mid-August for the duration of the program and convenes at the annual Summer Institute at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Students attend class one Saturday per month during the fall and spring semesters via Zoom videoconferencing software. Remaining coursework is done independently online. The MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students can choose between two areas of specialization: Clinical Practice and Organization and Community Leadership (OCL).

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

Program Outcomes

The Statewide Blended 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.

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

  • SW 810Theory of Groups, Organizations, and Communities3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specialization.

  • SW 811Perspectives in Human Development 3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specialization.

  • SW 820Social Welfare Policies and Services3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 822Topics in Pol Prac & Advocacy 3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 829Social Work Research Methods I3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 830Social Work Research Methods II2 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 832Evaluation Social Work Programs and Practice2 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 840Generalist Social Work Practice I3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 841Generalist Social Work Practice II3 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations.

  • SW 843Clinical Assessment Diagnosis 2 Credits

    Required for Clinical specialization only

  • SW 844Organization and Community Theories2 Credits

    Required for OCL specialization

  • SW 845Administrative Skills for Social Work Practice3 Credits

    Required for Clinical specialization.

  • SW 850Clinical Social Work Practice I3 Credits

    Required for Clinical specialization.

  • 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 894AField Education: Generalist Social Work Practice I4 Credits

    Required for both Clinical and OCL specializations. Taken in conjunction with SW 840.

  • SW 894BField Education: Generalist Social Work Practice II4 Credits

    Field education course required for both Clinical and OCL specializations. Taken in conjunction with SW 841.

  • SW 894DField Education: Clinical Practice I4 Credits

    Required for Clinical specialization. Taken in conjunction with SW 850.

  • SW 894EField Education: Clinical Practice II4 Credits

    Required for Clinical specialization. Taken in conjunction with SW 851.

  • SW 894GField Education: Organization and Community Practice I4 Credits

    Required for OCL specialization. Taken in conjunction with SW 865.

  • SW 894IField Education: Organization and Community Practice II4 Credits

    Required for OCL specialization. Taken in conjunction with SW 866

Elective

  • SW 891Spec Top Grad Social Work6 to 9 Credit

    All students are required to take 6 elective credits. OCL students take an addition 3 elective credits from an approved list (or another relevant course with MSW Program Team approval).

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized institution (NOTE: Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are not accepted)

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    Grade point of at least 3.00 in undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study. For undergraduate, the GPA in the last 60 credits or their equivalent is primarily considered. If your GPA is lower than 3.00, you will be asked on the application to explain the circumstances and why you feel you are now ready to be successful in graduate school.

  4. Previous work experience

    Résumé

  5. A written personal statement

    One, 3-page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) essay. Please visit socialwork.msu.edu for detailed instructions on what the essay should include.

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    Recommenders should be from professional, academic, and/or volunteer settings.

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4493) In addition, applicants to the Statewide Blended MSW Program must: live more than 30 miles from the East Lansing and Flint 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 videoconference 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 socialwork.msu.edu for instructions on additional application requirements not provided on the Admissions website.

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Key Dates

Fall 2021 (early bird deadline)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

Start Date

September 1, 2021

Fall 2021 (final deadline)

Application Deadline

January 10, 2021

Start Date

September 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $44,788
  • Total

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