Master of Social Work

Help pave the way for change through education

Social work is a profession that’s concerned with the well-being of individuals, families and communities as a whole. Those working within this field utilize an understanding of human behavior, along with a deep understanding of tools and resources, to help people overcome the obstacles they face. For those looking to make a difference through social work, the right education can be a vital part of the professional journey.


Develop critical skills for social work professionals

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will help prepare students for diverse career opportunities within a variety of social service settings. Designed to align with competencies from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), students will gain knowledge, skills and experience that they can directly utilize in the workplace. This program consists of two tracks to accommodate those with an undergraduate degree in social work and those that are new to the field.

Students new to the field of social work can enter the Foundational Track where they will explore the practice of contemporary social work, including social work practices, ethics, communication and other key skills. The aim of this track is to help prepare students to take on social work related roles in health care, human services, clinical practice and administration. Those who already have a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program can enter the Advanced Standing track where they will take more advanced coursework. Students on both tracks will benefit from experiential learning opportunities.

Both tracks in this degree program have been carefully designed to align with industry standards and CSWE competencies to help ensure that students receive current and applicable knowledge. Upon the successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings that may include local, county and state child welfare agencies, non-profit agencies, medical facilities and correctional settings.

Earn your Master of Social Work degree at NCU

At Northcentral University you can earn your Master of Social Work with a combination of online coursework and in-person practicum work which involves interacting directly with individuals, groups and communities in your local area under the direction of an approved local field supervisor. This allows you to gain hands-on experience in a more flexible way. Additionally, all courses are taught by professors who hold a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in the same or related field, allowing you to learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study.


Career Potential*

  • Social Worker / Clinical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Aging and Eldercare Social Worker
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance Social Worker
  • Medical Rehabilitation Case Manager
  • Social and Community Service Administrator
  • State and Local Child Welfare Services and Administrator
  • Drug Court, Probation and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program. Some roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Foundational Track Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 48 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One


Advanced Standing Track Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 36 Credit Hours
Courses: 12 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 24 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Important Information for Students - Advanced Standing, Including Gainful Employment
Important Information for Students - Foundation Track, Including Gainful Employment
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