Master of Social Work Program

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is a professional degree enabling the graduate to enter practice as an advanced-level practitioner. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of interpersonal clinical or administration and development practice emphases. The foundation curriculum for the MSW consists of 12 core competences:

  1. Values and Ethics
  2. Professionalism
  3. Diversity and Differences
  4. Human Rights and Social Economic Justice
  5. Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  6. Social Welfare Policy and Services
  7. Social Work Practice
  8. Research
  9. Critical Thinking
  10. Contextualization
  11. Global World View
  12. Christian Perspective

Past practice experience strengthens all MSW student applications. However, following Council on Social Work Education requirements, no academic credit can be given for life experience.

To apply to the MSW program and for more information and details, please go to

Accreditation for the MSW degree has been granted through the Council on Social Work Education through 2019.

Students with a BSW from a CSWE-acrredited university may qualify for the one-year advanced standing program.  Students with a BSW who do not meet the GPA requirement may qualify for the two-year advanced program.  Students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another field may quialify for the two-year regular standing program.

International students who believe they qualify for Advanced Standing Status based on completion of a BSW or BSW-equivalent degree in another country must first obtain approval from the Council on Social Work Education that their bachelor's degree in social work is equivalent to an accredited BSW degree in the United States.  This process takes some time and money and should be completed before applying to the program.  The website for completing this process can be found here: