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 10 core competences:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  7. Assess and Plan with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Evaluate Practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  10. Demonstrate a Christian social work 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 2027.

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: