As the Head of Northern Michigan University’s Social Work Department, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. Here you can find out all about how our faculty, students, staff and volunteers are putting our vision and mission to work everyday.  We are a department with a highly-regarded history, a dynamic present and an exciting future for students who want to make a career out of serving others.  Our accredited Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) program continues to play a critical role on NMU’s campus and in our surrounding community. Not only do we prepare undergraduate students for generalist social work practice, but we do it in a way that reinforces both our professional values and NMU’s core values.   BSW students learn theories of human behavior from a person-in-environment perspective in the classroom, engage in service-oriented research projects, practice intervention skills in our simulation laboratory and actively apply both their knowledge and skills in real-world settings during their required field placement.  Our highly qualified faculty, with extensive practice and academic experience, and our host of community professionals who serve as field instructors, guide students to graduation ready to start their own careers.

And just like our world and its growing need for practicing social workers, our department is expanding.  NMU has just adopted a new Master of Social Work (MSW) program!  Like our long-established BSW Program, our MSW program will uphold the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) standards for preparing competent social workers.  This new graduate program will provide opportunities for students to take their careers to the next level—with options to develop more advanced and specialized knowledge and skills.  For more information, visit our MSW Program Page.  There you will find answers to many of your questions.  If you decide earning an MSW is a good fit for you and would like to be a member of our inaugural cohort (Fall 2019), we invite you to submit your application

I am personally thrilled to be a part of the team of educators that make up this social work department. I hope you will support and engage with us in empowering students to realize their own potential who in turn, empower others toward positive social change.


Abigail Kauffman Wyche, PhD. MSW