Michigan Masters in Social Work Programs (On-campus)
CSWE-accredited colleges & universities that offer MSW programs are located at many top universities. Earn a Masters in social work in a traditional, face-to-face teacher and peer learning atmosphere from a college near you or in a specific location.
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About MSW Schools
Many graduate schools of social work with on campus MSW programs offer courses in the evenings and/or weekends to accommodate students currently working in human services occupations.
Prospective applicants to a Masters in Social Work program may have earned a Bachelor of Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or come from a related undergraduate major such as a bachelors in human services, bachelors in counseling psychology or bachelors in public affairs.
How Long Does It Take to Earn an MSW Degree?
Some schools have different MSW degree program options such as dual degrees, full-time, part-time (days), part-time (week-ends) and advanced standing MSW programs, so you might choose just how much time to devote to your studies. Time to completion varies between schools, however, as a guideline and estimate:
- Full-time MSW programs: about two years
- Part-time MSW programs: about two and a half to three years
- Advanced standing MSW programs: per school guidelines, an option typically available to students who have earned their BSW from a CSWE-accredited program
Applying to Campus MSW Programs
Each university determines when they accept and process applications into their campus MSW programs. A completed MSW application might include:
- Your career goals in a statement of purpose
- Your experience (e.g. volunteer work)
- Official transcripts
- Written recommendations
About the Masters in Social Work Degree
The MSW is considered the terminal practice degree in social work. A Masters in social work might prepare students with the clinical assessment or administrative skills to work in their chosen specialty. An MSW degree is also one of the requirements for becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and licensed masters social worker (LMSW) since most states have licensure requirement for nonclinical social workers as well.[ii] The Master of social work is also the prerequisite education for both the PhD in social work and the Doctor of Social Work (DSW).
DID YOU KNOW?
$47,980 per year is the annual median salary for social worker in 2017[i]
Potential Concentrations Within Campus MSW Programs
Some campus MSW programs may offer a broad and comprehensive social work education, which may suit students who earned an undergraduate degree in a related field. Other Master of social work programs may allow students to fine-tune their area of interest, such as:
- Public health
- Mental health
- Addictions and substance abuse
- Community service management
- Children and families
- Troubled teens
What Should I Look for in an MSW School?
On initial glance, it may look like all campus MSW programs and graduate schools offer the same things, however, they may each have a unique set of features. So how do you find and choose a Masters in social work program? Broadly, you want to examine three things:
- Your curriculum needs
Find CSWE-Accredited Campus Programs:
Top of your list should be MSW program accreditation by the Council of Social Workers (CSWE), as they set quality standards, and in turn recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the CSWE.[i]
Popular MSW Schools
Professional programs, such as the MSW typically have two or more accreditations; a regional accrediting agency or some other entity recognized by the Department of Education accredits the grad school itself. What this process does is it ensures that the school isn't a diploma mill, and that a graduate will be recognized as a graduate. On top of that, MSW program accreditation ensures that an academic program adequately prepares candidates for practice in some recognized profession.
Campus MSW Programs: Potential Curriculum
There are a few components to a campus MSW program that prospective students should contemplate. These are;
- Field placement
- Course curriculum, research, continued education
Field placement is a large component of an MSW program, and often you might meet your internship requirement in your own community (hospital, school, mental health clinic) or agency. This is something to factor into your search for campus MSW programs in a specific location. You might find out where a prospective MSW school offers these field placements. Perhaps there is an agency whose mission statement appeals to you close to one of your choice schools.
DID YOU KNOW?
By 2026, the number of social workers is projected to increase to more than 790,000.[ii]
Course Curriculum, Research, Continued Education: One of the nice things about earning your Masters degree in social work on campus is that you get your information in real-time, and might receive a lot of individual attention, especially if you are in a smaller program. In terms of coursework, you might learn how to be an advocate for individuals, families and the disabled. Coursework might also cover the prevention and management of social problems such as child abuse and drug addiction. Other course topics might include:
- Human behavior and social environment
- Social work practice/theory and assistance
- Social policy and justice
Make sure you read an MSW school’s syllabus to see whether your learning needs might be addressed, or whether the faculty is involved in a research project that might be meaningful to you. You may also want to consider whether there are any social work certificate programs offered in an area of emphasis that you are passionate about.
Location: Are you searching for campus MSW programs in California? A specific city? Do you hope to earn your MSW degree abroad? Use our on page navigation to filter your results by location, wherever that may be or just browse sponsored listings, find the program first and the location second.
Why Earn a Masters in Social Work on Campus?
When it comes down to choosing how you want to pursue your MSW degree – at graduate school or via online format, ultimately it is a personal choice. While online study is mainstream and may work for some, there may be a few potential advantages to earning your Masters of Social work on campus:
- Social work is about "person in the environment"
- Being on site means interactions, networking potential
- Interactions might build interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills, all essential to the practice of social work
- Access to all the facilities (libraries, laboratories, gym, social services, tutoring)
- Campus programs offer demonstrations, may foster collaboration
- You may have access to more campus-based MSW degree choices
Find Master in Social Work Schools IN Name: in Michigan
Choosing a campus based Master of social work program is more than finding a CSWE- accredited program with courses you like. Find a grad school that makes you feel comfortable, and inspires the motivation to go to class, learn and excel. Browse our sponsored campus MSW programs to find the college or university with a Masters in Social Work degree program that aligns with your goals.
Source: i bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm | ii bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/social-workers.htm
- Qualify to sit for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam immediately after graduation and earn hours towards state licensure for clinical social work (LCSW).
- Ranked a Best College in the North, U.S. News & World Report, 2015-2017
- This online MSW provides you a choice of a direct clinical practice or a direct community practice specialization.
- East Lansing, MIEast Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree prepares graduates for advanced social work practice. Students applying for admission to this program should be prepared for a rigorous schedule of course work combined with concurrent practicum experiences i...
- East Lansing, MI
- Berrien Springs, MIBerrien Springs, MI
The MSW degree trains you for work in interpersonal, clinical, administrative, or developmental settings. The MSW further prepares you to make a positive, articulated impact on the lives of hurting people, and to provide a constructive influence among f...
- Ann Arbor, MIAnn Arbor, MI
University of Michigan
The Master of Social Work is a 60 credit hour degree program. With this professional degree, you will be vital to enhancing the social welfare system...
- Kalamazoo, MIKalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University
- Detroit, MIDetroit, MI
Wayne State University
The School is an integral part of Wayne State University, an urban university in a culturally diverse, industrialized,metropolitan area. The School is committed in its teaching, research, and service activities to addressing theproblems of people living...
- Grand Rapids, MIGrand Rapids, MI
Grand Valley State University
The Master of Social Work is available on both a full-time and part-time basis.