Master of Social Work

Life-changing education for a world-changing profession.

Our graduate program is well-established and has been accredited for over a decade by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). An integrative curriculum, which emphasizes critical thinking skills and a global perspective, prepares graduates for advanced generalist practice. Graduates gain competencies to sustain a versatile and meaningful career.

Why Social Work?

Social work is a career that strives to bring about social justice, peace, compassion, and wellness. Social work is also an exceptionally marketable degree. Our graduates are employed in an array of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, schools, advocacy organizations, and social service agencies.

They engage in varied roles, including

  • Administrator
  • Clinician/therapist
  • Policy analyst
  • Community organizer
  • Case Manager

Why Spalding’s MSW Program?

Our program enacts a High Standards/High Support approach, with faculty committed to collaborative mentoring.  We embrace a diverse teaching-learning community.  Our interactive class formats combine in person, on-line, and out in the community! A cohort model promotes deep learning and meaningful relationships, which sustain life-long learning.

What is the schedule and how flexible is the schedule?

Our MSW Program offers a part-time or full-time plan in completing your degree.  We offer –

  • Regular Standing Program – 58 credit hour option for individuals with Bachelor’s degrees other than social work
  • Advanced Standing Program – 34 credit hour option for individuals with BSW/BSSW degrees from CSWE accredited universities.

Our classes meet primarily on alternate weekends, on Friday evenings and/or  Saturdays.

How do I apply?

Admission decisions are based on a constellation of factors, including professional references; personal essay; undergraduate grade point average; professional and volunteer experience; and a personal interview. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is not required.

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Is there an opportunity for Field Education?

Field Education is an integral part of professional preparation, through which you deepen your knowledge of social work intervention principles and skills.  Students complete field placements in their home communities.  Field placements are offered in a range of settings, including:

  • Neighborhood Centers/Family Service Centers
  • Public and Non-Profit Agencies
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Hospitals and Clinics

How do I get my license or certification?

Upon graduation from our program, you are eligible to sit for state examinations to be Certified/Licensed at the graduate level.  Our curriculum also offers courses applicable toward Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (CADC).