• 2018 scholarship recipients

    2018 scholarship recipients at the scholarship dinner.

    available scholarships
  • students with the SWY

    Alumnus Thomas McNally was named 2018 Social Worker of the Year by the NASW.

  • SW Students and Signs

    Student organizations are just one way we are engaged.

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  • ACAN

    Western Michigan University's Fostering Success Michigan initiative has been cited as a "beacon" for supporting increased college access.

    Beacon for Access
  • SSW students

    Seven grad students published in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

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The Western Michigan University School of Social Work offers research-driven professional programs that work closely with students and the community, focusing on social change, social justice and service transformation. Its graduate and undergraduate programs stress the need to:

  • Recognize and fight discrimination in its many forms.
  • Speak out against injustice.
  • Promote human rights and a more equitable distribution of resources and power.

The school seeks to create a learning environment that is responsive to students' professional development, promoting community and a sense of individual and collective responsibility among and between students. Meaningful interaction among students, faculty and field instructors supports self-examination, expression and innovation.

current student events

Whitney Young Jr. Celebration

  • Thursday, March 21 - 5:30 p.m. College of Health and Human Services room 4010. This event celebrates the legacy of social worker and human rights activist Whitney Young Jr., who spoke at the opening ceremony of the WMU School of Social Work. This years' event will feature guest lecturer Dr. Paul Archibald, a professor of social work at Morgan State University, who will present his research on post-traumatic slave syndrome. The event will also spotlight student scholars. Open to the public. Free parking available in Lot 104.

Kalamazoo Campus Hooding and Pinning Ceremony

Southwest Location

Grand Rapids Location

prospective student events

Join us to learn more about the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs at Western Michigan University. For both programs, attendees will receive relevant information about our programs, our faculty research, and the unique qualities of WMU.

Benton Harbor and Grand Rapids

Extended University Programs Info Sessions


MSW Info Sessions       BSW Info Sessions

Interdisciplinary Education

Learn about I-PEER

The Interprofessional Peer Education and Evidence for Recovery program provides enhanced interdisciplinary education for social workers, occupational therapists and peer specialists in evidence-based practices in behavioral health. Learn about this innovative workforce development project from WMU's Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Social Work.