Social Work Student Resources

Social Work admissions​​​​​​

Students considering the Bachelor of Social Work degree are encouraged to:

  • Take SWK 100 to learn more about the profession. This will also help you start the process for admission and explore your interests in social work.  ​
  • Meet with one of our social work advisors. These advisors will assist you with social work admission and related experience requirements, course sequencing and prerequisites, and signing a major. To schedule an advising appointment, call 989-774-2690.
  • Visit the National Association of Social Workers website to learn more about the profession.

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Admission process

Current CMU students typically apply in the spring with applications due the first Friday in March. 

Transfer students should first contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for information on applying to CMU and determining what credits will transfer. Transfer students are also encouraged to contact the Social Work Office​ at least one semester prior to transferring for advising specific to the Social Work Program. 

All students should contact a social work advisor​ to determine which semester to apply to the program and the appropriate cohort. 

Application materials

The social work application checklist provides an overview of the admission process, including application deadlines and admission requirements. 

The following items are submitted as part of the application (these forms are also available through your advisor): 

IMPORTANT: First, download and save the selected form to your device. Then, open the form on your device using the Adobe Reader application. By following these steps, you should be able to save the documents with comments. If you have questions about the forms, email the Social Work Program office or call 989-774-2690.

Admission requirements

The following is a partial list of requirements for admission to the program. Please check the current bulletin for a complete list of admission requirements, including grade requirements. 

Requirements to be completed by the end of the semester in which the student applies:

  • 50 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Math, Freshman Composition and Oral English Competencies with a C or better in each.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of approved social work-related experience (volunteer or paid).
  • A minimum of 12 credits of major courses with a major GPA of 2.7 or better and no grade below a C in any required major course.
    • SWK 100 with a B- or better.
    • SWK 250 with a B- or better.
    • It is recommended that students complete SOC 200 or its equivalent.

Social Work Program Information

Frequently asked questions

Yes, there jobs for bachelor-level social workers. A BSW degree is often a plus in securing employment with an undergraduate degree.

In Michigan, Community Mental Health and agencies receiving funding from Medicare require state certification for employment. State certification standards can be met by either (1) graduating from an accredited social work program, or (2) completing a social work program that includes 15 semester hours of social work courses and an internship of no less than 350 contact hours. CMU's Social Work Program exceeds both requirements. The internship at CMU offers 400 hours of supervised generalist practice.

Social workers do get paid! Salaries depend on the work setting, with government-employed social workers often making somewhat more than those in smaller agencies. All the social workers we know do have homes and cars and are able to pay their bills. People who help people often don’t make as much money as people in business, but there are other rewards for making a difference in the life of another person.

Careers and Outcomes

Master of Social Work (MSW) programs do not require an undergraduate degree in social work. However, many MSW programs offer an abbreviated or accelerated MSW program to students with a BSW from accredited programs (advanced standing programs). A number of recent graduates of our program have received advanced standing in MSW programs.

Yes, it is! And CMU’s Social Work is accredited through the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is the nation-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining social work education. Initial accreditation of the program was granted in 2004, and was reaffirmed in 2008 and 2016.

At this time, there is not an MSW program at CMU. There are a number of excellent MSW programs at other Michigan universities.

List of MSW Programs in Michigan