MSW Program Mission Statement
The MSW program aligns with the School’s mission of empowerment-oriented practice, is centered on collaboration, and is driven by the needs, strengths, and priorities of vulnerable, oppressed, underserved, and marginalized populations.
Grounded in the social work profession’s values and ethics, graduates of our program advance:
- Critical thinking skills to respond to the increasingly complex challenges that impact our communities and promote social and economic justice
- Equitable practices that are culturally responsive, anti-racist, and inclusive of all identities
- Leadership skills in pursuit of social change
MSW students focus on one of 3 specialized areas of practice (Families and Children, Health and Aging, and Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery) as they enhance their skills, knowledge, and values to be leaders committed to the advancement of social justice-based practice through micro, mezzo, and macro prevention and intervention methods.
The MSW curriculum is grounded in a generalist practice perspective, which is defined as "the use of the problem-solving process to intervene with systems of various sizes, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities . . . the generalist operates within a systems and person-in-environment framework" (Boyle et al., 2009, p. 10).
Boyle, S. W., Hull, G. H., Mather, J. H., Smith, L. L., & Farley, O. W. (2009). Direct practice in social work (2nd ed.). Pearson.
About the Program
The MSW Program at EMU was designed to meet the unique needs of working people who are committed to the profession and who are employed full-time, generally in human services. The program has been accredited since 1992.
- Prepares social workers to find empowering solutions to social problems and to meet the needs of the most impoverished, oppressed and underserved people.
- Is designed to accommodate working students needing a part-time program.
- Is accredited by the CSWE.
EMU offers both a "full program," for students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than social work, and an "advanced standing" program, for students who hold a BSW degree from an accredited program. The full program requires students to successfully complete 61 credit hours to earn an MSW degree. Students admitted with advanced standing complete 35 hours of advanced level coursework.
Students who earned a BSW with at least a 2.75 GPA overall—or at least 3.0 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credits—qualify for advanced standing.
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Learn More at an Information Session
Attend an Information Session. Learn about the program, application process and meet current students and instructors.
Saturday, October 14, 2023 10 a.m. – noon
Saturday, November 10, 2023 10 a.m. – noon
Saturday, January 13, 2024 10 a.m. – noon
Thursday, January 25, 2024 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 10 a.m. – noon
Saturday, March 9, 2024, 10 a.m. - noon
Saturday, April 13, 20234 10 a.m. – noon
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