2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Social Work

Degree Type: Master of Social Work
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Social Work, MSW Program Checksheet


  • Traditional Year and Advanced Year Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Social Work? 

Social Workers serve individuals, families and communities. It is the helping profession. With an advanced degree in social work, you will have more employment doors opened and have the ability to make a greater difference in people's lives.

The curriculum includes study in Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Clinical Practice, Research and Policy. Ferris has a clinical concentration in the MSW program. As such, the emphasis will be on clinical theory and practice as well as the policy contexts of practice. You will be trained to treat behavioral, mental and emotional issues and be prepared to work as counselors, therapists and clinical supervisors.

Full time students typically complete their MSW degree in two years. For students with a BSW from an accredited university, the Advanced Standing program enables students to complete their degree in three semesters.

Students complete 900 hours of field instruction in one or two different social work agencies. Advanced Standing students' BSW field education counts toward the total number of hours. The capstone project gives students an opportunity to engage in research or program development.

An MSW degree is considered a terminal practice degree in the field of social work.
Ferris State University's MSW program is currently in candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. All students entering the program in fall 2014 will be graduated from an accredited program retroactively.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 25% employment growth for social workers, faster than the average for all occupations. With an MSW, graduates will have a higher earning capacity as well as be in positions of greater influence. The wide range of clinical positions includes mental health and substance abuse therapists, behavioral health counselors, medical social workers, school social workers, marital counselors and child and family clinicians.

More Information

Advisor: Dr. Janet Vizina-Roubal
Office: ASC-2102
Phone: 231-591-2846

Department of Social Work
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2737

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Traditional Year - 31 Credits

Policy Analysis & Advocacy
Generalist Macro Practice
Generalist Micro Practice
Human Behavior/Social Environ
Research Methods
Diversity & Social Justice
Field Practicum 1
Field Practicum II

Advanced Year - 35 credits

Advanced Policy & Advocacy
Advanced Group Practice
Advanced Micro Practice
Applied Social Work Research
Clinical Assessment/Diagnosis
Leadership and Supervision
Advanced Field Practicum I
Advanced Field Practicum II
Advanced Field Practicum III
Social Work Capstone Project
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy