Concentration and Specialization or Graduate Certificate Survey
Every MSW student is required to select a concentration prior to registering for concentration (advanced) courses. This survey alerts our office to give you access to those courses in registration. Specializations or Graduate Certificates are optional ways to tailor your education to a particular area of interest. They are not required. Please complete this survey to make your selections, and then discuss how those choices impact your program plan with your advisor.
Transfer Credit Forms
- KCC Associates Transfer Credits
WMU and KCC have established an articulation agreement, which means we have mutually agreed on a list of classes that WMU has approved to transfer into our BSW program. This list includes both general pre-requisite courses as well as human services courses that qualify for transfer.
- Request for Departmental Credit Approval
Use this form to request departmental approval for courses you completed outside the WMU School of Social Work that you want to count towards your required coursework.
This form is not necessary for the approval of electives. Electives that meet level and grade requirements, per WMU transfer credit policies, can be approved by your advisor and indicated on your program plan. Additionally, students need to have the credits transferred onto their transcript through the registrar's office. Undergraduate students can learn more about the process here. Graduate students will need to fill out this form from the Registrar's Office in addition to the above departmental form.
Independent or One person Section Course Request Forms
Leave of Absence
If you need to take a break from the program for any reason, please fill out this form and email SWRKfirstname.lastname@example.org. Graduate students will also need to include a Graduate College leave of absence form, and an adjusted program plan with anticipated return semesters included.
M.S.W. program plan forms
The below program plan forms are a tool for you to help track your progress towards graduation. New students should fill one out with their advisor and submit to the Office of Admissions and Student Services at email@example.com. Not sure who your advisor is? Email SWRKfirstname.lastname@example.org. Most required courses are offered only in the terms they are recommended to be taken, so please check with your advisor before planning on taking a course in an alternate term to make sure it is offered.
In order to be eligible for graduation, a program schedule must be completed, signed by your advisor, and sent to the registrar before the deadline (you also need to apply to graduate). You can take a hard copy of the form in person to their offices in Seibert Administration Building on main campus, mail a hard copy to Western Michigan University, Attn: Registrar's Office, 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5256 USA. For more information about graduation, please visit the Registrar's Graduation website.
The below hyperlinks will download an editable pdf with drop down lists for each of the fillable fields. For a blank, print-friendly version without the drop downs, select the "printable version" option.
- Full-time advanced-standing program: clinical social work (printable version)
- Full-time advanced-standing program: policy, planning and administration (printable version)
- Part-time advanced-standing program: clinical social work (printable version)
- Part-time advanced-standing program: policy, planning, and administration (printable version)
- Full-time program: clinical social work (printable version)
- Full-time program: policy, planning and administration (printable version)
- Extended-study program: clinical social work (printable version)
- Extended-study program: policy, planning and administration (printable version)
School of Social Work Assessment Measures
The School of Social Work uses three measures to assess and improve our program and provide data to our accreditation body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). For BSW and MSW Foundation students the Field Education Learning Contract and the SWEAP Exam are used, and for MSW Concentration students the Advanced Competency Compendium (ACC) assignments and portfolio and the Field Education Learning Contract are used. See below for additional information about your part as students and instructors in the School of Social Work's assessment.