Save time and money: Social Work launches AGRADE path for CLAS students

The Wayne State University School of Social Work is partnering with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) to save highly motivated students both time and money with an Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) pathway for the masters of social work program (MSW).

“Affordability is a cornerstone of Wayne State and the School of Social Work,” stated Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Anwar Najor-Durack. “We wanted to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to save money while earning their MSW degree in less time. We understand the expense of higher education and in an effort to ease this weight for our Warrior student community, AGRADE participants will take graduate classes at undergraduate course prices,” stated Najor-Durack.  

This collaboration provides over 8,300 CLAS students the option to enter the growing social work job market even faster by taking courses from the core year of the MSW program during the senior year of their bachelor’s program, and thus, completing the MSW degree in less time. Students can select up to 15 credits of social work human behavior, policy, and research courses to apply to both their undergraduate and MSW degrees, which are valid to apply to a graduate degree for up to 6 years. Students will pay undergraduate tuition fees for their MSW courses, which is nearly one-third less than the graduate tuition rate for Michigan residents and AGRADE students can also take advantage of an AGRADE Master's Scholarship from the WSU Graduate School, which covers up to 4 credit hours of in-state tuition for two semesters.

Ambitious CLAS students should meet with an MSW advisor to determine if the MSW AGRADE pathway is right for them. Students will then continue to work with their CLAS advisor to ensure all undergraduate degree requirements are met.

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