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. Social workers use their knowledge 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, choosing the right education is a vital part of the professional journey.

Develop critical skills for social work professionals

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will prepare students for diverse career opportunities within a variety of social service settings. Using a curriculum that aligns with competencies from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), students gain knowledge, skills and experience that they can transfer directly into 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 Generalist 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 prepare students to take on social work roles in a broad variety of public and private entities providing medical and behavioral health care, corrections, hospice, policy-making, and many other services aimed at individuals, families, groups, and communities. Those who already have a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program can enter the Advanced Generalist 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 ensure that students learn current, applicable knowledge that will give them the foundation to be ethical, effective professionals. Upon successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to work in many settings, such as child welfare and adoption agencies, schools, legislative offices, hospitals, drug clinics—the list is almost endless.

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. Practicum involves interacting directly with individuals, groups and communities in an agency in your local area under the direction of an approved local field supervisor. This allows you to gain hands-on experience and learn to be adaptable, flexible, and resilient in the work setting. Additionally, all courses are taught by professors who hold a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social work or related field, allowing you to learn from seasoned social work professionals.

Career Potential*

  • Mental Health Social Worker and Addictions Social Worker
  • Aging and Eldercare and Hospice Social Worker
  • Healthcare or Medical Rehabilitation Social Worker
  • Social and Community Agency Administrator and Policy Specialist
  • Welfare Services and Administrator
  • Drug Court, Probation, Victims' Assistance, and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Employee assistance units
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Generalist 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 Generalist 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