School of Social Work

317 Everett L. Marshall Building

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734.487.0393

About the School of Social Work

Why Social Work?

People who are drawn to social work want to make a difference in the world. A degree in this field gives you the skills and the resources to help people change their lives for the better and to advocate for social change.

Social workers:

  • Push for justice
  • Strive to create a society in which all citizens have a voice
  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Protect the vulnerable

Compassionate. Respectful. Resourceful. Determined.

At its core, social work requires a passion for helping people and a commitment to social justice. Our graduates help people and communities tackle problems rooted in poverty, racism, ageism, violence or illness. Social workers serve people of every age and background as they script new futures for themselves.

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified social work as one of the fastest growing professions, making a bachelor's degree in social work both a marketable degree and a foundation for advanced standing in a social work graduate program. A master's degree in social work opens up career possibilities as an advanced practitioner, a supervisor and a leader in the profession.


The School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University prepares graduates for rewarding careers that strengthen people and communities and advance the social work field.

Our undergraduate program prepares students for graduate school or generalist practice in agency settings. The graduate program focuses on advanced practice serving one of three groups: children and families, people with mental illness or chemical dependency, or the aging.

Program Mission Statement

The Eastern Michigan University Social Work Program is committed to: the empowerment of poor, oppressed, vulnerable and underserved populations; the creation of social welfare policy based on a strengths perspective; the advancement of community problem-solving; and leadership in organizations and communities.


Our graduates help poor, oppressed, vulnerable and underserved people to build competence and confidence as they improve their lives. The EMU Social Work Program prepares students for culturally competent and gender sensitive practice.


Our graduates work with individuals, groups and communities to alleviate social problems. They strive to enhance community problem-solving, helping clients to engage their environments in ways that improve social function and provide opportunities.


Our graduates work to advance social welfare policy that builds upon a community's strengths.


Our graduate program is built for the non-traditional student and gives priority to applicants who've demonstrated a commitment to the school's mission, currently work in social service agencies, and who need a part time program with evening and weekend classes.

Our mission is consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics.

Our School Works to Support the University's Mission.

EMU enriches lives in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community. Our dedicated faculty balance teaching and research to prepare students with relevant skills and real world awareness. We are an institution of opportunity where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities. Read the university's mission.

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