Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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As a student of Social Work you will learn to think critically, and work effectively and collaboratively in the professional world of social services. This program will prepare you to promote economic, political and social justice in a diverse and global society. You will be prepared to work as an advanced generalist in a variety of social service settings.

Program Highlights

  • Uses an anti-oppression lens with a focus on race, class and gender
  • Designed for working professionals with both full-time and part-time options
  • Small program atmosphere, where students get to know their peers and professors

Program Distinctions

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Faculty member Gary Whitford-Holey earned the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
  • Alumnus Kenny Turck '12, chief creative officer of Crow River Family Services LLC, earned the Master of Social Work Student of the Year award from the NASW Minnesota Chapter. He earned Minnesota NASW's Paul & Shelia Wellstone Social Justice Award for his food security and local foods work with marginalized populations.
  • Each academic year, students' knowledge and skills are assessed for the purposes of accrediting the program. View our 2012-13 results (PDF), 2013-14 results (PDF) and 2015-16 results.

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall January 15 (Priority), March 1 (Final) January 15 (Priority), March 1 (Final) January 15 (Priority), March 1 (Final)
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Sara DeVos

Popular Careers

  • Social worker
  • Health care
  • Social services
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Advocate 

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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