MSW Program

 Master of Social Work

Students walking up the steps to the DHHS officeNMU's new Master of Social Work (MSW) program is an exciting opportunity for human services professionals to earn a graduate degree and take their careers to the next level. 

Our mission is to prepare advanced practitioners of social work by extending the department's and profession's commitment to higher learning that promotes service, social justice, human rights, and dignity, worth and well-being of individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities through specialized clinical and macro practice. 

At NMU's graduate tuition rate, our 50-credit regular standing program is one of the most affordable routes to an MSW in Michigan.  With a wide array of field placement opportunities across the Upper Peninsula, our flexible global campus option for distance students, and our options for clinical or macro concentration, we offer students an education that meets their individual career interests and learning needs.

Our flexible global campus option for distance students is zoom facilitated learning, synchronous with our traditional face to face courses! This is not a self-paced learning process and Students will be integrated into the face-to-face classroom learning! 


Career Outlook and Opportunities 

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the median annual wage for social workers is $49,470 per year. The BLS projects that employment of social workers is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than employment growth for other occupations. 


"This program has opened my eyes to a different culture by connecting students to local tribal communities."
- Hannah Holma, Class of '21

students banging on a drum for indigenous people day

Why Study Social Work At NMU?

  • Small class sizes
  • Connection with peers and instructors
  • Hands on and research-based curriculum 
  • Opportunities to learn and practice in an urbanized rural area
  • Tribal connections and learning opportunities
  • Collaborate with a Native American Studies program

"I am able to be an advocate and liaison for the community that I work with. I am researching policies, making connections, and building relationships; I am actually doing social work. That is something I think is truly unique with this program."
- Ethan Chapman, Class of '21

students using the training room for the social work program

Our role-play lab gives students a place to hone their intervention skills in a simulated social work practice environment



In addition to completing an application, students must supply the following items for admission:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities: We require official electronic or mail transcripts. An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution. It must bear the college seal, date, and signature of the registrar. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements are not considered official. If you have not completed your Bachelor's degree, do not send transcripts until you are in your final semester and your grades have posted from the previous semester.
  2. $50 application fee - Students may pay online, mail a check or money order, or pay by credit card over the phone (906-227-1221). Applicants should pay the non-refundable application processing fee unless they:
    1. Have financial circumstances that make payment an undue hardship. To apply for a financial hardship fee waiver, please submit a brief request letter/email to

    2. We are a McNair Scholar at their undergraduate institution. McNair Scholars must have a letter or e-mail sent from their undergraduate institution verifying their McNair status

    3. Have already attended NMU at the same degree level for which they are applying and have not graduated with that degree

    4. Are a qualifying senior citizen with the NMU Senior Citizen Scholarship (age 62 or older and located in the Marquette area and taking on-campus classes)

  3. Test scores - All test scores must come directly from the testing company via their normal delivery method.
  4. Transcripts - We accept both electronic and paper copies. 
  5. Recommendation Letters - Three academic or professional letters of recommendation.
  6. Personal Statement - (career goals, experience, values, and ethics of profession, preferences, etc) Please use the template for assistance. 

Apply Now

  • Fall semester - February 1
  • Summer session (MSW Advanced Standing*) - December 1
  • Fall semester (MSW Early Decision; for students with NMU as their #1 choice) - December 1

*Students can apply as a "Regular" student (a student who will start classes in the Fall) or as an "Advanced Standing" student. To be considered an Advanced Standing student, you must have a Bachelor's in Social Work from an accredited university. These students will complete their first year of courses over the summer and then join the rest of their cohort in the Fall. Check out our admissions requirements for more information.*

More questions? Visit our Frequently asked questions about the MSW program page or contact us at