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    School social worker training

    Now offering a post-MSW school social worker training series to prepare professionals for state approval. CEUs available.

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    COVID updates

    Links to department-specific updates and field accommodations.

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    Student engagement

    Student organizations are just one way we are engaged.

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    We're hiring!

    Now accepting applications for associate or assistant professor in the School of Social Work.


The School of Social Work at WMU is home to high-quality bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. Focused on social justice and rooted in evidence-based practice, social work courses are offered in three locations - Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor.

Western Michigan University's School of Social Work educates social workers to advocate for social and economic justice and personal well-being for all people. The faculty provides leadership on a local, national and international level through research, scholarship, community service and partnerships, and other creative activities relevant to the profession.

The MSW program was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1969 and is currently accredited through 2024. The BSW program was first accredited in 1975 and is also accredited through 2024.

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COVID-19 Updates

The WMU School of Social Work is working diligently to assist our students, faculty, instructors, and staff adapt to the current university changes in response to COVID-19. For all university-wide decisions and updates, please continue to check wmich.edu/covid19. 

For department specific updates, including field accommodations, visit wmich.edu/socialwork/covid.

Graduate Program

Master of Social Work

The graduate professional program in social work at Western Michigan University prepares you for direct-service and leadership positions in the field of social welfare. Multiple concentrations and specializations allow you to customize your program to meet your needs.


Undergraduate programs

Bachelor of Social Work

Western Michigan University's undergraduate professional program is designed to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice and to provide preparation for graduate training in social work and related professions.


Minor in Social Work

WMU students with other majors can obtain a 15-hour minor in social work. This minor allows students the opportunity to learn about the profession, about social justice, and some basic interpersonal skills that will be helpful in any profession.


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