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    Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

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  • 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

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.

Director Candidate Interviews

Three candidates for the open position of Director of the School of Social Work will be coming to Kalamazoo to interview and present to the University community. The public is invited to the presentations to meet the candidates and engage in Q&A sessions.

  • Dr. Elise Fullmer - CV
    Tuesday, May 14, 9 a.m.,  CHHS 4267
    Presentation: The invisibility of LGBTQ Older Adults: Unique Barriers and Challenges
  • Dr. Elizabeth Talbot - CV
    Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m., CHHS 1010
    Presentation: Human Trafficking
  • Dr. Charnetta Gadling-Cole - CV
    Friday, May 31, 9 a.m., CHHS 1010
    Presentation: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

current student events

Southwest Location

Grand Rapids Location

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, 2019  from 10 a.m. until noon at the East Betline location.


  • Advanced standing Kickoff: June 6, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the College of Health and Human Services Room 4010. 
  • 60 Credit Hour MSW Kickoff : August 1, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the College of Health and Human Services Room 4010. 
  • BSW Orientation: September 20, 2019 from 12-3 p.m. at the College of Health and Human Services Room 4010.


  • MSW Orientation: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Campus.
  • BSW Orientation: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Campus.

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