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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work program prepares you to move forward in your profession as a social worker. You will continue to learn how to navigate complex conflicts and interactions as you work to help people in need. Our program will give you both the opportunity to enhance your skills through internships and the chance to deepen your understanding through our clinical area of specialized practice.

Our MSW is a 60-credit hour program that can be completed in two calendar years. The first year is the Generalist year and is the same for all students and the second year is the Specialized year. The Specialized year is a clinical orientation that prepares graduates for specialized social work practice with individuals, families and small groups. A 30-credit hour MSW is available for students who qualify for the Specialized Program.

The MSW program has spring and fall start dates at six locations. The deadline for application is November 1 for spring and March 1 for fall.

Locations and start dates

This program is offered at several SAU sites across Michigan. Apply now!

For more information on cohort start dates and locations, please call 1.866.739.7511.

On-Site Programs

  • 2/3/20 Grand Rapids
  • 2/3/20 Kalamazoo
  • 2/3/20 Metro-Toledo
  • 2/3/20 Petoskey
  • 2/3/20 Lansing
  • 2/3/20 Spring Arbor
  • 8/1/20 Metro-Toledo
  • 8/1/20 Spring Arbor
  • 8/1/20 Petoskey
  • 8/1/20 Kalamazoo
  • 8/1/20 Lansing
  • 8/1/20 Grand Rapids

The MSW with an area of specialized practice focuses on clinical orientation and prepares graduates for specialized social work practice with individuals, families and small groups.

MSW Course Descriptions, Concentrations and Learning Outcomes

For a detailed outline of courses grouped by concentration and term and a course description for each course, view the graduate course catalog.

Learn more about MSW learning outcomes.

Specialized Program

To avoid duplication for BSW graduates, Spring Arbor University offers a 30-credit Specialized Program (micro). In order to be considered for admission to the specialized program, students must have been granted a baccalaureate degree in social work from an undergraduate social work program that was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), those programs recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service or those programs covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors. To be eligible for specialized standing, the applicant must have a BSW that has been granted within six years of enrollment in the SAU MSW program.

Tuition and Fees

Fees for special materials may be required for some courses. Payment of tuition and fees is due three weeks before classes start. All fees are nonrefundable.

2019-20 Rates

  • Tuition per credit: $605
  • Registration fee (per semester): $40
  • Technology fee (per semester): $53 (part-time)/$105 (full-time)
  • Internship fee: $75

Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.

For more information, please contact an admissions rep at or call 1.800.968.0011.