BSW Program

A program with a proud history, NMU's Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974.  The program is designed for aspiring social workers to provide a strong educational foundation in generalist practice and to open the doorway to a career serving others. Drawing from multiple disciplines of scientific study, NMU's BSW curriculum starts with courses required for the embedded human behavior cluster minor. Faculty then use a person-in-environment perspective to increase students' knowledge of human behavior and develop skills in our introductory social work courses.  As BSW students demonstrate their progressive competency, they then can apply for and complete the required course sequence for majors, participate in role play and simulated client engagement projects and cap off their studies with an intensive, real-world internship, or field placement (internship) experience before graduation.

Career Outlook and Opportunities 

Employment of Social Workers are expected to grow 11% by 2028 chart

The Bureau of Labor estimates employment of social workers to grow 11% by 2028!

Social work students in a social work office setting

Why study social work at NMU?

  • Learn at a CSWE approved institution   
  • Hands on and research based curriculum
  • Opportunities to learn and practice in an urbanized rural area
  • Connection with peers and instructors
  • Career growth through our MSW program


To learn more about CSWE accreditation, visit

View the social work department's latest learning outcomes report.