Social Work Degree Programs in Michigan (A-M)

As home to several institutions of higher learning, The Wolverine State offers students education in many different social sciences including many well-regarded social work degrees in Michigan. Following is the first half of our list of all of the CSWE accredited social work degree programs in the state of Michigan.

Adrian College

Social Work Department

Offering degrees in 40 majors and programs, Adrian College is a private school located in the small town of Adrian, which is about 90 minutes southwest of Detroit. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and was established in 1859. The school is small with just over 1,600 students attending. Before the creation of Adrian College, the school was once a theological school and eventually started offering seminary classes in the 1840s. By the time the 1850s came around, the Michigan Legislature decided to charter a new school and Adrian College was created out of that agreement.

Bachelor of Social Work

Adrian College recognizes that there is a great need for social workers across the United States and within Michigan and cites statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on its official website which suggest impressive growth is expected of the profession over the next decade. The college offers skilled faculty members who have worked outside of academia and can offer real-world experience as part of a classroom experience. Graduation from the program requires a student to craft a written analysis of experiences and knowledge gained while at school at Adrian.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact

110 S Madison St.
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 800.877.2246
visitac@adrian.edu
Program Website

Andrews University

Department of Social Work

When it opened its doors in 1874, Andrews University was called Battle Creek College. The university was started by Seventh-day Adventists, and today offers 130 undergraduate majors as well as 70 graduate degrees. There are almost 3,500 students attending Andrews University, and the school was named after a scholar within the Seventh-day Adventist Church named John Nevins Andrews. The campus of Andrews University is beautiful since it was originally designed as an arboretum. Today there are trees and greenery all over the campus. The college is near the St. Joseph River and is only 12 miles away from Lake Michigan.

Bachelor of Social Work Program

The undergraduate degree in social work at Andrews University is designed to prepare students to work in the public or private sector as social workers. In addition, students have the opportunity to move into the master’s program after time spent in undergraduate study. The program is given on the campus of Andrews University as well as at Washington Adventist University, which is in Takoma Park, Maryland. The university demands that its students learn several core competencies during school including Values and Ethics, Professionalism, Social Welfare Policy and Services, and Critical Thinking. The university teaches students the value of diversity and how to recognize social issues like oppression, injustice, and at-risk groups.

Master of Social Work Program

Students who wish to enter the workforce at a higher level of competency may want to consider enrolling in the Master of Social Work program at Andrews. Individuals who already have work experience may benefit from the advanced concepts presented during study at the graduate level. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree may also benefit from graduate work. Like the undergraduate program, Andrews University expects its students to master the 12 core competencies, which include Global World View, Critical Thinking, and Research. Upon graduation from this program, students will be well-prepared to take on a variety of interpersonal clinical or administration-level jobs.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
  • The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities

Contact

Department of Behavioral Sciences
Buller Hall #211
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Phone: 269.471.6196
Fax: 269-471.3108
sowkinfo@andrews.edu
Program Website

Calvin College

The Department of Sociology

Calvin College was established by a religious group called the Christian Reformed Church in 1876. It defines itself as a private liberal arts college, and its motto is, “My heart I offer to you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” The school is named after a major Protestant reformer from the 1500s, named John Calvin. Like many religiously connected institutions, Calvin College was once a seminary for students studying theology, and in its first year of operation there were only seven students enrolled. Over the next several decades, the school expanded upon its programs and eventually began offering classes in non-religious areas.

Bachelor of Social Work Program

There are twelve courses required of students in the BSW program as well as several general courses within the area of social sciences. Courses featured within the major include those on practice skills, policy analyses, research, and theory. Students are expected to understand advanced social science concepts as well as participate in field experience at a working agency. The school suggests that students will have access to several different types of employment upon graduation including working as a social worker, counselor, or aide to different types of at-risk people. The university suggests that if a student wishes to specialize in a certain area of social work that continuation into graduate school is a recommended path.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 616.526.6000
Fax: 269.471.3108
info@calvin.edu
Program Website

Central Michigan University

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

As a public research university established in 1892, Central Michigan University is a large school with over 28,000 students and is one of the country’s largest colleges. The university offers an extraordinary number of degrees with 200 choices at undergraduate and graduate-level study. A significant portion of students attending CMU do so from an online campus. The college counts around 7,000 students enrolled in online classes.

Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) Degree

Central Michigan University’s social work program is an accredited 4-year degree, and after graduation, graduates are eligible to obtain a professional license for work in Michigan. The school works hard to keep class sizes small for this program so as to facilitate healthy discussion between faculty and amongst students. The university ensures that each of its students is able to develop critical thinking skills necessary to function in the professional world as well as the ability to conduct valuable research on important topics. The university seeks to send students into the world who are sought by employers and provide value to any workplace.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

Social Work Program
Anspach 034
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989.774.2690
swk@cmich.edu
Program Website

Cornerstone University

Division of Social Sciences

Cornerstone University is a non-denominational Christian university that’s located in Grand Rapids. The college has around 3,000 students and has been in operation since 1941. The university has a strong Christian emphasis in its approach to education, but the school doesn’t subscribe to a single denomination of Christianity. In addition to its traditional programs, the university also runs a pair of seminaries and a radio station. Some of the programs offered by the school include the sciences, business, religion, and the humanities. The university was quite small for several decades, but underwent expansion in the last 20 years.

Social Work Program

Cornerstone describes its social work program as a degree that’s appropriate for students who want their work in the community to make a positive difference on human lives. The university says that graduates may find work by providing valuable support services to families, as well as work with at-risk populations. The college says that social work is a highly appropriate endeavor for Christians who want to live a meaningful and full life serving the community. The program is designed to ensure that students graduate with full knowledge of ethical and professional considerations for employment as a social worker. Graduates may apply for licensure in the state of Michigan.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

1001 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616.949.5300
scott.sanders@cornerstone.edu
Program Website

Eastern Michigan University

College of Health & Human Services

Established in 1849, Eastern Michigan University is a public institution located around 35 miles west of Detroit in Ypsilanti. The university began its life as a school called Michigan State Normal School, but has grown significantly during its long history. Today, the college provides education to over 23,000 students on a large campus that stretches over more than 800 acres. The first class of students numbered 122, and they began classes in 1853. The purpose of the school was to train teachers who would work in the schools that were being established across Michigan in the mid-1800s. The school maintained its status as a teacher-prep college until the first half of the 20th century when it underwent significant expansion.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Students enrolled in Eastern Michigan University’s social work program must complete 124 hours to graduate; however, many students come to the college with classes already taken from local community colleges. The university has several partnerships with community colleges to make transferring classes easy. Some of the classes students are expected to take include Human Diversity and Social Justice, Social Welfare Policies and Services, and Self Assessment and Development for Social Work. In addition, the program requires students to complete a significant essay designed to confirm whether a student is a good fit for the social work program at Eastern Michigan University.

Master of Social Work Program

One of the interesting features of the graduate program in social work at Eastern Michigan University is its dedication to students who currently work full-time. The program gained accreditation in 1992 and has a few different tracts for different types of students. For example, there’s a complete program that’s designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field from social work. In addition, a different program is offered for students who have obtained their degree in social work and know more about the industry. The full program requires 63 credit hours for completion while the advanced program requires 35 hours of coursework.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

School of Social Work
317 Everett L. Marshall Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734.487.0393
Fax: 734.487.6832
undergraduate.admissions@emich.edu
Program Website

Ferris State University

The Social Sciences Department

Ferris State University was established in 1884 and was one of the first schools to accept women when it opened. An educator from New York named Nathan Ferris founded the school and also became the governor of Michigan as well as a senator at the federal level. There are around 14,500 students studying at Ferris at the main campus and several satellite campuses around the state. The college also accepts online students for its 2-year, 4-year, and graduate level degrees. The school prides itself for high rates of employment for students who earn degrees.

Bachelor of Social Work

Ferris State University prides itself on ushering learned individuals into the world who are highly sought-after by employers. The college boasts a diverse faculty with experience in many different social work environments and the program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1989. Ferris’s program covers many different areas of social work such as gerontology, child welfare, and mental health. Students are encouraged to become involved in local community agencies during their time spent at the university. Students are expected to complete two different internships during undergraduates study with one occurring during the freshman year and another during the senior year.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

Social Work Program
820 Campus Dr., ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231.591.2737
samuelsw@ferris.edu
Program Website

Grand Valley State University

School of Social Work

Grand Valley State University is a fairly young institution and was established in 1960. This public liberal arts university sits in Allendale and has almost 25,000 students attending each year. The college also has a large satellite campus in Grand Rapids as well as another campus in Holland. The university routinely cooperates with local community colleges to help students with transfer credits get into a 4-year college with reduced credit requirements. The school is a significant source of Fulbright Scholars and also puts appreciable effort into the sustainability and environmentally friendly features on its campus.

Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work program at GVSU is designed to provide an education to students that creates a perfect base for continuing social work education. Students will also have an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the program’s broad curriculum to entry level work in social work employment. Students are taught to meet the demands of diverse populations as well as provide services in several different types of environments such as private and public institutions. Graduates of the program have entered into a variety of different professions after graduation.

Master of Social Work

Many students choose to move onto a graduate level degree after obtaining a bachelor’s in social work so as to enhance advanced knowledge of social issues. The program was recently revised in 2009 in an effort to meet the 2008 Educational Policies and Standards. Some of the new features included in the program were observable professional competencies as well as professional practice behaviors. These inclusions were designed to enhance a student’s ability to engage in evidence-based practice. The program requires rigorous study of its students and enrollees must also demonstrate mastery of essential social work concepts.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

401 West Fulton Street
DeVos Center, 391C
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616.331.6550
Fax: 616.331.6570
ssw@gvsu.edu
Program Website

Hope College

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Hope College is a small school located in Holland, Michigan and has just over 3,300 students. It was officially established in 1866 and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. It’s a private, residential, liberal arts college, and the people who started the college were Dutch immigrants who came to the area four years before the college was established. The college is a conservative establishment and shares a campus with the Western Theological Seminary. The school’s motto is “Hope in God,” which is taken from a verse in the Bible.

Baccalaureate Social Work Major

Hope College approaches the social work major with the idea that social work is a service industry and “life satisfaction” is possible through the interactions granted by working in jobs commonly available to social workers. The program teaches students about a variety of practice methods including community work, social welfare planning, and direct intervention. Students are meant to learn that oppressed people and vulnerable populations are in need of help and that social workers can provide a bridge to a better life. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensing in Michigan as well as several other states.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

41 Graves Place
Holland, MI 49422
Phone: 616.395.7555
Fax: 616.395.7617
eding@hope.edu
Program Website

Kuyper College

Kuyper College Social Work Program

Established in 1939 as the Reformed Bible Institute, Kuyper College is a Christian leadership college in Grand Rapids. The college seeks to combine its adherence to Christianity with a college experience. In its early years, the college featured a three-year program and was designed to help students engage in domestic and foreign missionary work. By the time 1970 came, the school had redesigned its program to accommodate work toward bachelor degrees. The school changed its name at that time to Kuyper College, which was to honor Abraham Kuyper, a prime minster of The Netherlands who was in office from 1901 to 1905.

Bachelor of Social Work

Kuyper College suggests that social workers have a significant responsibility to help others by improving capacity for functioning normally in society, fighting against social injustices, and improving societal conditions for oppressed people. The college’s Christian worldview comes into play in this major by infusing a biblical approach to education. The college calls its program a holistic, multi-level program based upon a variety of professional factors. Social work students will learn about the skills, values, and strategies used by social workers in today’s society. The college says social workers can help unite families, repair relationships, and empower communities.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

3333 East Beltline N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616.222.3000
admissions@kuyper.edu
Program Website

Madonna University

College of Social Sciences

Madonna University is located in the suburban community of Livonia and is a Catholic liberal arts university. There are several campuses scattered around southwest Detroit including two in Orchard Lake and Clinton Township. Although the college is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, the school admits people of all faiths for academic study. The school was originally founded by the Felician Sisters in 1937 and currently offers over 100 associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. There are around 4,500 students attending the university, and it’s one of the largest Catholic, Franciscan colleges in the United States.

Bachelor of Social Work

Madonna University’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and students are prepared for entry-level positions in social work upon graduation. The college offers a number of interesting, interactive features for students including distance learning classes, off-campus locations, and small student to teacher ratios. There are opportunities to practice internationally as well as evening and weekend classes offered to accommodate students with non-traditional schedules. Students may also choose to enter a graduate program after completing a bachelor’s degree and will be sufficiently prepared by Madonna’s program for graduate level work.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: 800.852.4951
Fax: 734.432.5393
kross@madonna.edu
Program Website

Marygrove College

Undergraduate Programs

Established in 1905, Marygrove College is a small school with around 2,700 students attending its Detroit campus. The school is an independent, Catholic liberal arts college and is headed by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The school was initially started when a woman graduate of St. Mary’s Academy took postgraduate classes in 1899. In just a few years, there was a school in place that offered two-year diplomas to women in the area. By 1910, the college had grown to a 4-year institution and was chartered to offer degrees. Originally known as St. Mary’s College, the school changed its name to Marygrove in 1927.

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Marygrove College describes the students who enroll in social work programs as students who are called to serve others and have a positive impact on people in need of help. After graduation, students may enter into a variety of careers like child care worker, community organizer, domestic violence counselor, and adoption specialist. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and was created to help students become ethically-minded social workers by the close of the degree program. Students are also well-prepared for entry into a master’s program after completing the rigorous classes required in the social work program.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

8425 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221
Phone: 313.927.1200
socialwork@marygrove.edu
Program Website

Michigan State University

School of Social Work

Established in 1855, Michigan State University was the first land-grant institution in Michigan and was used as a model for colleges established afterward. Several programs of study were pioneered at MSU including supply chain management, hospitality business, and packaging. The university is considered one of the top public ivy universities as a public research facility. The college is an exceptionally large school and has almost 48,000 students in attendance.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work at Michigan State University is the first of its kind ever created in the country, and the university boasts that its students are challenged by the program and routinely find employment just a short time after graduation. Students who graduate from MSU’s program also find it easy to get accepted into graduate school. The program places an emphasis on diversity by providing instruction on strengthening families, fighting against social injustice, and dealing with oppression of at-risk populations. The purpose of the program is to ensure students can work immediately upon graduation with a solid background in the industry.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work program requires students to master the 10 core competencies mandated by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates are given the skills and information they need to enter the workforce at an advanced level. The program ensures students participate in a field experience that will help when it comes time to leave college and find employment outside the university. There are two concentrations available in the program which include Clinical Social Work and Organization and Community Leadership.

PhD in Social Work Degree Program

For students who wish to work as educators in social work, research social issues, or work as administrators in the field, work toward a PhD might be the best option. The program is designed to help students make an impact on the education of others as well as in the field for practicing social workers. Students are required to complete a research internship as well as a statistics sequence. In addition, students must pass a comprehensive examination and defend a doctoral dissertation. The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) counts MSU’s program as a member.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)

Contact

School of Social Work
655 Auditorium Road
Baker Hall Room 254
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517.355.6640
socialwork@ssc.msu.edu
Program Website

Michigan is home to several colleges with significant and notable histories and also provides many avenues toward a career in social work. There are many places in need of social workers in Michigan, such as the dire neighborhoods of Detroit where residents are having an extraordinarily difficult time making it past the Great Recession. No matter the type of work a student wishes for his or her future, there are social work degrees in Michigan that will fulfill any goal.

For the rest of our list of accredited Social Work Degree Programs in Michigan , see: Social Work Degree Programs in Michigan (N-Z)

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