What will I learn?

Through course work and professional experience in CMU’s social work program, you’ll learn how to think about people and the obstacles they face and how their world helps or hurts their problem-solving skills. You’ll learn to help people positively advance their lives and improve the way society treats them. During your senior year, you’ll put your new skills into practice beside an experienced professional in a social work setting.

The social work major on the BSW degree plan prepares students for generalist practice in the field of social work. The core competencies are learned through a blend of theory, practice, research and policy courses and implemented during the 400 hour practicum that students complete in their final two semesters. Students intending to apply to the social work program should make an appointment with a social work advisor early in their academic career to assure they understand the requirements for admissions. Application for admission to the program is typically completed in the spring semester of the traditional sophomore year. Students should consult their advisor about applying. Students should declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. Declaring a major does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program.

Total: 48 semester hours

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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