Social work has historical roots in both large-scale and more individualized approaches to resolving a broad range of social problems, including client-centered social services, advocacy, research, and the development of social legislation. Today's social workers continue this tradition in a practice that requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors in such diverse fields as mental health, substance abuse, foster care, schools, medical settings, and care of older adults.
The School of Social Work at Michigan State University is dedicated to educating students for competent, responsive, and ethical social work practice. The School's teaching, research, and outreach seek to promote positive change and social justice for diverse communities, organizations, groups, families, and individuals. The School provides academic programs, a commitment to life long professional continuing education, special programs for student and community members, faculty and staff resources, and a wide range of resources that serve to advance best practices in teaching, outreach, and community engagement.
All degrees in social work at MSU are guided by a shared mission and values, strengthened by a diverse and dedicated faculty. Field education for both the BASW and MSW programs provides experiential opportunities within human service organizations directed toward the development of professional identity, self-understanding and competent practice. Doctoral candidates benefit from a wide range of resources and faculty expertise which allows them to craft an academic experience that broadens and deepens their knowledge and expertise in social work for a life in academia and/or professional leadership. With strong field and community partnerships across the state of Michigan, MSU is a special place to gain an education in Social Work and continue to develop as a professional and leader.