Masters of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW is an Advanced Generalist Program that prepares students for both advanced direct and indirect practice opportunities in a wide variety of public and private social service, medical, behavior health, and educational settings.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Students completing the program and passing the licensure exam are eligible to apply for the LGSW level social work licensure in Minnesota and throughout the United States, which is required to practice social work in most settings.
  • The cost of the program is less than comparable public universities and less than private colleges in Minnesota.
  • The program features smaller class sizes allowing more interaction with faculty and the development of a cohesive student cohort.
  • An MSW degree allows graduates to have jobs with greater responsibilities including supervision and management.
  • Advanced generalist social work prepares students to practice with a variety of populations and fields within social work, including clinical practice.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed a bachelor degree. For Traditional Program a BA or BS in any field, though it is recommended it be in an area of social, behavioral, or health sciences. For the Advanced Standing (accelerated program), you need to have a bachelor's degree from a CSWE accredited social work program (may be BS, BA, BSW, BSSW). If you have not completed the degree at the time you apply, you must verify that you will complete it and it must be completed before you can begin in the program, if you are admitted.

  • Earned GPA of at least 3.0 on 4-point scale. (Some exceptions may be considered). 

  • Documented experience in the human or social services, education, or health care areas either as a paid staff member, intern, or volunteer.
  • Application Essay
    • Write and submit a well-written, application essay, of no more than 5 pages that responds to the five application prompts and that is grounded in social work knowledge (i.e. NASW Code of Ethics, Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, MSW Program website, MSW Program Statement on Critical Thinking, and MSW Program Guidelines to Writing). This essay will be used to assess your written academic ability and critical thinking skills. Please use professional/academic format: include a cover page (this does not count as one of the five pages of narrative), double-spaced 12-point font, 1-inch margins, page numbered in the upper right hand corner, and cite references in APA format.
  • Three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.
  • Resume

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Application Deadlines

  U.S. Citizens International Applicants
Fall Start January 15 January 15
Spring Start N/A N/A
Summer Start N/A N/A

Time to Completion for Traditional Program: 2 years

Time to Completion for Advanced Standing Program: 1 year


Graduate Coordinator Contact

Dr. Kimberly Zammitt
kimberly.zammitt@mnsu.edu
507-389-1219

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