What will I learn?

The Graduate Certificate in Social Work Administration prepares MSWs for leadership and administrative roles in the field of social work across settings. Social work administration requires a specific set of values, knowledge, and managerial and leadership skills. Social workers aspiring to work in an administrative capacity will gain the advanced knowledge and skills relevant for practice in an administrative capacity in a social work setting.

Certificate Outcomes

1.At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to: 2. analyze contemporary theories of organizational management and leadership in the design and operation of human service organizations. 3. critically appraise administrative systems, management practices, programs, staffing patterns including diversity, and the community systems in which they operate. 4. examine organizations’ administrative systems, management practices, staffing patterns, and evaluative systems. 5. employ knowledge of the process of program planning, with a focus on strategic planning and development in social work and social welfare settings. 6. design a hypothetical social service program using an effectiveness-based planning approach.

Which department am I in?

The College of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (9 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $900 per semester hour
Start date

10 January 2022


The College of Education and Human Development

Room 2202 Administration Building,



48150, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university; undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

For international students

Undergraduate grade point average below 3.0, a low score on the graduate admission test required by the department, insufficient work experience, insufficient English proficiency, or an unsatisfactory writing assessment.

Internet based TOEFL (iBT, Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 80; or

TOEFL paper-and-pencil test with a minimum score of 550, accompanied by the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 5; or

IELTS score of 6.5+; or

PTE Academic score of 53

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