Wayne State University School of Social Work

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Located in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University offers more than 340 programs through 13 schools, including health, business, engineering, and social work. Wayne State opened as the Detroit Medical College in 1868. By 1934, after adding several programs and colleges, the university adopted the name Wayne State. The university prides itself on its urban setting, which helps inform its values of innovation, collaboration, integrity, excellence, diversity, and inclusion.

The Higher Learning Commission confers accreditation to the university. Wayne State University’s School of Social Work holds accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Social Work Program Overview

The Wayne State School of Social Work opened in 1935 and started its online degree program in 2011. Both on-campus and online programs train ethical and competent professionals to provide services to the underprivileged and oppressed. Learners engage in leadership activities and research, primarily about urban settings.

Wayne State prepares bachelor’s candidates for entry-level social work positions. The Wayne State University School of Social Work master’s program focuses on interpersonal practice or community, policy, and leadership innovation. Doctoral students specialize in research and prepare to assume leadership roles in the social services field.

Online Social Work Programs

The Wayne State University School of Social Work offers a bachelor’s in social work (BSW) degree entirely online, providing flexibility for students who can’t regularly attend campus due to work or family commitments. While students complete coursework online, seniors must complete a 460-hour, two-semester internship in the field. To qualify for the Wayne State School of Social Work program, candidates must hold at least 60 college credits, either from the university or another institution, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Learners take another 60 credits in their social service specialty at Wayne State for a total of 120 credits.

On-Campus Social Work Programs

The Wayne State School of Social Work offers two specialized on-campus centers to advance its mission and goals. Behavioral health and justice, the only such program at a college or university in the country, specializes in diverse offerings for persons in jail or prison. A social work research center provides the latest information on research, scholarship, and community partnerships.

Wayne State University Online Social Work Degree Programs

Online Bachelor’s in Social Work

Program Overview

  • Department: School of Social Work
  • Program Name: Bachelor of Social Work


  • Format: Hybrid
  • Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Program Requirements

  • Prerequisites: 60 credits
  • Credit Requirements: 120 credits
  • Field Education Requirements: 460 hours over two semesters

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-time; part-time
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • GPA: 2.5 Minimum
  • Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT
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