Master of Social Work in Social Work

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) provides specialization, training at all practice levels, and hands-on internships. It’s your best preparation for an enriching future in social services.

Health Professions

Be a champion of change

You don’t ignore human struggle; you want to help. To defend human rights and justice on all levels. You’re ready to earn an MSW—the most sought-after social services degree. Concordia University Wisconsin is ready for you. Our cozy class sizes and expansive offerings maximize your opportunities, while our flexible course loads best fit your schedule.

Program Overview

Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States with approximately 7,500 new positions available each year. Your timing for pursuing our MSW couldn’t be better. Graduates leave here ready for licensing in every state at multiple practice levels. You have the opportunity to work with individuals, families, children, schools, and health care systems in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, administration, politics, international social work, and more.

Our mission is to provide a Christian environment that prepares you for leadership in an increasingly diverse and global society. The advanced training an MSW degree from CUW provides will increase your job and salary opportunities. We offer full- and part-time options to best accommodate your needs and schedule. Classes are on Mondays so you have more flexibility during the week  for your required field placement and other life priorities.

We are in good standing with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and actively pursuing initial accreditation of our MSW program. As with all new MSW programs, accreditation is retroactive to the first graduated class.

Through our social work department, CUW also provides an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Full- and part-time Advanced Standing options are also available for those with a BSW degree from CUW or any CSWE- accredited program.

You’re motivated to make a difference. To advocate for social change, support diversity and fight for justice, one person at a time. We’re eager to have you join our MSW program. All applications are welcome, but rolling admissions apply and space is limited, so submit as soon as you can.

Learn more about our MSW program goals.

What to Expect

What you can expect from our MSW program is everything you need to build a thriving social work career on your terms. With our full- and part-time options, you pursue the 66 credits for your MSW degree in a way that best fits your lifestyle. In addition to approachable faculty and a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, you’ll benefit from valuable field experience.

Another expectation from our program is an Advanced Generalist specialization. Advanced Generalist social workers possess the multi-faceted knowledge of client systems. They understand the importance of evidence-based practice, evaluate their practice effectiveness, and conduct profession-based research. An Advanced Generalist specialization is particularly useful in rural settings, and for direct service practitioners because of the flexibility provided in the depth and breadth of the curriculum. It’s an ideal specialization if you’re considering a leadership position in social work, or need the advanced training to support a successful practice.

Our Advanced Generalist specialization gives you the practice-oriented, theoretical grounding at all systemic levels: the micro and mezzo systems (individuals, families, groups, communities); practice in the larger macro systems (organizations and political arenas); direct practice; and supervisory and administrative roles.

Perhaps the best expectation from our MSW program is your professional acumen and employability. We’ll do more than prepare you for a career in social work; we’ll give you the tools you need to be a truly successful agent of change in our society. Through relevant, hands-on internships for your specific career interests, you can participate in Interprofessional Education (IPE) with programs across the School of Health Professions, and graduate with an IPE training certificate. You can also participate in monthly “lunch and learn” seminars, as well as annual conferences offered through the School of Health Professions, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW).
Locations

In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has nine center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work.

  • Mequon

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