The MSW program is designed to be part-time; however, in exceptional cases, you may be considered for full-time status, completing the program in two years for the full program or one for advanced standing. You may apply for full-time status after acceptance, but must submit proof of less than 20-hour-weekly employment.

The MSW program begins in Fall. To take certain electives before acceptance or after, you may request admission for summer term. To take courses before acceptance, you'll need to submit a graduate application as a non-degree student. Keep in mind that taking these courses doesn't guarantee acceptance into the program, and they usually aren't covered by financial aid.

Courses are offered in the evenings and on the weekends.

Full Program

EMU offers a full, 63-credit-hour program for students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than social work. The full program students have a plan of study leading to a degree in four years, taking six credits a semester.

Advanced Standing Status

A 35-credit-hour, advanced standing program is available only to students with a BSW degree who have at least a 2.75 GPA overall or 3.0 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credits. Most advanced standing students have a plan of study leading to a degree in two years, taking about six credits each semester.


The foundation curriculum draws from a liberal arts background and prepares you for the advanced concentration of your choice. The curriculum consists of 11 courses covering policy, human behavior in the social environment, practice, research and field practicum. These courses are sequenced and integrated, with increasing levels of knowledge, complexity and critical analysis.

Building on the foundation, the advanced curriculum addresses one of three concentrations (see below) and develops professional skills in depth. Research courses allow you to explore and analyze subjects, and advanced policy courses focus on social justice to populations in need.


Supplement your social work education by earning a certificate in:

Field Education

All MSW students complete field placements in affiliated public or non-profit agencies meeting our mission. Find out more on our field placement page.


The requirements for admission to the MSW program are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75. You may apply if you will complete your bachelor’s degree before September.

If your undergraduate GPA falls below 2.75, you may still be considered. A limited number of exceptional applicants who have been working in social work for a substantial amount of time may be considered for conditional admission.

Conditions include:

  • Undergraduate GPA was higher in the final two years of study (last 60 credits) than in the first two years.
  • GPA is 3.0 or higher in any graduate-level course work taken.
  • Work experience, letters of recommendation and personal statements are excellent and highly congruent with our program mission.
  • Demonstrated motivation and readiness for graduate education during a personal interview.
  • Demonstrated graduate-level writing skills shown during exercise at on-site meeting.
  • 3.0 GPA in approved plan of study in the first year of the program in order to gain full admission. 

Get more information

We recommend attending one of the information sessions, which are held on the second Saturdays of September, October, November, December and January in the Marshall Building on main campus. You may also email the program at

Explore this Program

Program Information

Get more information on the details of the program.


Find out all about the what concentrations are offered with the MSW Program.

Field Placement

Learn about graduate field placements and find related forms and resources.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Learn about your options to earn your CEUs through Eastern Michigan University.