Program Overview

Students in the Weekend Regular MSW Program complete the program through a unique blend of face-to-face weekend sessions and fully online learning. Weekend sessions are held once per month during the fall and spring semesters for a total of 8 sessions per year, at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. In between these weekend sessions, coursework is completed 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 Weekend 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 Weekend 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
  • SW 811Perspectives in Human Development3 Credits
  • SW 822Topics in Pol Practice & Advocacy3 Credits
  • SW 829SW Research Methods I 3 Credits
  • SW 832Eval SW Programs and Practice2 Credits
  • SW 843Clinical Assessment Diagnosis2 Credits
  • SW 874Assessment and Testing in SSW3 Credits
  • SW 876Co-Occurring Disorders2 Credits
  • SW 891 Spec Top Grad Social Work3 Credits

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) A grade-point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.0-point scale)

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

    The grade point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate courses is primarily considered. If your undergraduate 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

    Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work as demonstrated through the applicant statement and letters of reference. Prior academic work must reflect a liberal arts perspective (at least nineteen semester credits in humanities and social and natural sciences, such as courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, and languages).

  6. 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 Weekend Regular MSW Program must: live within 50 miles of the Michigan border if an out-of-state resident. Have access to high-speed internet service (not dial-up) on a regular basis. 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.
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Key Dates

Fall 2021 (early bird deadline)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

Fall 2021 (final deadline)

Application Deadline

January 10, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $44,788
  • Total

Flat Fees

  • Program Fee (paid during 1st & 2nd year of program)
  • $475

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