• 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.

News and announcements

MSW Internships with Social Workers in Small and Rural Libraries Program

"Not the Usual Information, Libraries hosting social workers" article in The Herald-Palladium

"Cassopolis District Library offers onsite social workers" article in Cassopolis Vigilant

MSW Intern Jonathan Anthony, Niles District Library Social Worker Tiffany Russel and MSW intern Traci Rudi

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.
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Study Abroad course course offered Spring 2019 in Guatemala with Jennifer Harrison

Travel to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and create transformational connections in Meso-America.
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Congratulations, Dr. Jennifer Harrison! Celebrating global engagement

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Jennifer Harrison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Harrison was a 2018 recipient of the WMU Global Engagement Award.


Congratulations to School of Social Work Scholarship Recipients.

2018 Scholarship Recognition Dinner was October 9, 2018.  Recipients were presented with award certificates for BSW and MSW awards.

Robert Barstow Scholarship awarded to Morgan Rooy and Da'chelle Burnett

2018 scholarship recipients

Rebecca Ann Binkowski Memorial Scholarship awarded to Koby Gillespie and Haley Trimmers

Charlene Cove Russel Endowed Scholarship awarded to Dana Scott

Nathaniel McCaslin Scholarship awarded to Jonathon Anthony 

John P. Mellein Endowed Scholarship award to Jayla Smith

Victoria and Willie H. Pickard Endowed Scholarship awarded to Jazmine Marsh

Deloris J. Phillips Memorial Scholarship awarded to Timothy Liggins and Gerson Reyes

Gale Strutz Memorial Endowed Scholarship Amal Mohamed

Elena Thomas Scholarship awarded to Mary Crawford and Tracy Rudi


WMU alum named NASW Social Worker of the Year

Thom McNally, a 1978 graduate of Western Michigan University's Master of Social Work program, was awarded Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. WMU School of Social Work Students met with Thom at the NASW's annual LEAD Day Conference in Lansing.


NEW licensing requirements

Changes to the Michigan Social Work General Rules - January 2017


Information sessions

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

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