Bachelor & Master of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work -Madonna University

The Bachelor of Social Work degree can be completed in four years.

Description: The Bachelor of Social Work is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional employment in the human service field and for graduate professional education. This degree combines skills-building and theoretical content with a broad liberal arts foundation and is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The BSW degree requirement is a minimum of 120 semester hours including general education, prerequisites, and social work courses.*

Madonna and North Central Michigan College have a 2+2 arrangement whereby students can achieve their Associate in Arts through NCMC, and transfer to Madonna to complete the BSW requirements.  Students with credit from other colleges can also contact a Madonna representative regarding transferring to the BSW program.

Contact Dana Holcomb, Coordinator, at 800 852 4951 ext 5498 or dholcomb@madonna.edu for more information.


All MSW programs at Michigan State University are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). All provide the academic courses and field experiences required to develop the ten core social work competencies identified by CSWE and the social work practice community. The primary focus of the MSW Program is preparation for foundation and advanced practice in clinical social work (micro-level interventions) and organization and community practice (macro-level interventions). The generalist foundation prepares students for practice through development of the ten core competencies at the beginning or basic level, through course and field experiences that provide the grounding for all professional social work practice, regardless of setting, specialization, or professional role.

The curriculum for both the clinical social work and the organization and community practice concentrations includes courses in human behavior in the social environment, social welfare services and policy, research methods, administration, practice methods, field education, and special topics. Both concentrations focus on the same ten core social work competencies, but prepare students for practice in these areas at an advanced level through both courses and field experiences.

Contact Tina Blaschke-Thompson at 517 432 2249 or blaschke@msu.edu for more information.

The MACRAO Transfer Agreements through Kirtland Gaylord M-TEC and North Central Michigan College allow for smooth transferability of courses among participating Michigan colleges and universities.

It stipulates that 30 semester hours of 100-level and above compatible general coursework will satisfy typical freshman and sophomore-level general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree at participating universities. A KCC or NCMC student who completes the 30 credit hours for the MACRAO Transfer Agreement and who seeks to transfer to another institution must request that Student Services stamp his/her transcript “MACRAO Agreement Satisfied.” Check each school’s policies for further information.