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  • 2018 scholarship recipients

    2018 scholarship recipients at the scholarship dinner.

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  • 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

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.

new student events

Incoming students are asked to attend campus-specific kickoff/orientation events before their classes start. Please find the applicable event below, and contact your campus directly with any questions. 

Grand Rapids

  • MSW Make-up Orientation: Thursday, August 8 from 10 a.m. until noon at the East Betline location.


  • 60 Credit Hour MSW Kickoff : August 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the College of Health and Human Services Room 4010. 
  • BSW Orientation: September 20, from noon to 3 p.m. at the College of Health and Human Services Room 4010.

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