Master of Social Work (MSW)

We are pleased to offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Concordia University Wisconsin. Social Work is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 12% increase in the need for Social Workers between 2014 and 2024, resulting in the creation of 74,800 new Social Work positions.

The MSW is the most widely recognized and preferred degree in the field of social services. The MSW is a highly sought after degree and is recognized nationally and internationally. MSWs are licensed in every state at multiple levels for practice. Professional Social Workers are employed to work with individuals, families, children, schools, health care systems, and in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, administration, politics, international social work, and many other areas of practice. The MSW degree increases one’s opportunity for better salaries and job opportunities.

Why Study at CUW?

CUW is a Christian university whose mission is to engage students of diverse ages and cultures in quality, Christ-centered, value-oriented education to serve the church and the community. Our MSW program provides a Christian option for those seeking a professional Social Work degree at the graduate level of education.

The CUW Department of Social Work has an accredited BSW program. We are in good standing with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and are working with them toward the initial accreditation of the MSW program. As with all new MSW programs, accreditation is retroactive to the first graduated class.

All applications are welcomed. Rolling admissions apply and space is limited, so submit your completed application early! For more information, please contact our graduate admissions staff or see our MSW Faculty & Staff below.

Program Benefits

The MSW program offers an Advanced Generalist specialization. This provides graduates with education and training at all levels of practice, and increasing job opportunities at multiple levels of practice. We offer internships in all areas of practice, and will work with our students to find the internships that support their career interests. Our classes are small, providing increased opportunities for mentoring and interaction with our faculty. The program offers full-time and part-time options to meet the needs of the student. Full time students have the option of attending classes one day a week with additional days required for field replacement. Full-time and part-time Advanced Standing options are also available for those holding a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program. MSW students have opportunities to participate in Inter-Professional Education (IPE) with programs across the School of Health Professions, and graduate with an IPE training certificate, increasing employability at multiple systemic levels. Students also have the opportunity to participate in monthly seminars offered as lunch and learns, and 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).

Learn more about the MSW program here...

Quick Facts

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Credits Hours:

  • 66 - Regular Program
  • 39 - Advanced Standing

Course Duration:

  • The MSW is a 2 year full-time graduate program
  • Part-time options are available that allow completion in 3 - 4 years
  • Advanced Standing options for full-time BSW degree holders is 1 year
  • Part-time options for advanced standing are available that allow completion in 2 years


  • Phi Alpha Honor Society

Faculty / Staff

Elizabeth Peffer Talbot

Professor & Chair of the Department of Social Work

Sara Koeferl

Clinical Assistant Professor & Field Coordinator

Arletta Tucker

Assistant Professor

Kristin Maas

Academic Administrative Assistant


The CUW MSW program is in good standing with the Council on Social Work Education moving toward initial accreditation. With permission from CSWE, classes began August 2017. Accreditation will be retroactive to the first graduated class.

  • International students are currently not eligible for this program.
  • Academic credit is not given for life experiences.
  • Only graduates from a CSWE accredited program have Advanced Standing Options