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Program Benefits

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing Tracks
  • Dedicated Field Work Placement Specialist
  • No Pre-Requisites Required

The online Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is designed to prepare you for practice as a clinical social worker* to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in direct practice. Earning your MSW results in a higher degree of authority and autonomy in your practice. You're able to diagnose and treat your clients while collaborating with other healthcare professionals, mental healthcare practitioners, and community advocates to ensure your patients are getting the best care.

The following outcomes and indicators outline the competencies for Saint Mary's Master of Social Work. These outcomes follow national social work generalist practice competencies and the clinical competencies that extend into a clinical specialization. Generalist level indicators (G) primarily outline the learning focus for the program's first 30 credits; the Clinical (C) level indicators focus the learning for the final 30 credits.

"The online MSW program allowed me to format a study and assignment schedule that works with my work and life activities while still delivering a quality and educational experience."

– Jessica Horstmann, Saint Mary’s MSW online student

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be able to do the following:

Find out more about what you'll learn in the Master of Social Work program from Saint Mary's and how it can benefit your career: Call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor or request more information.

*Students must have graduated from a CSWE-accredited program to be eligible to pursue social work licensure. At this time, Saint Mary's is pursuing CSWE accreditation, but it is not yet accredited. CSWE states that accreditation applies retroactively to program graduates once it is obtained, but students should check with their state social work board to verify that they will be eligible to apply for licensure in their state if they graduate from a program before it is accredited. Applicants for social work licensure must also meet additional requirements in every state and U.S. territory, including but not limited to additional training, coursework, and supervised clinical experiences. Requirements vary by state. It is the student's responsibility to verify licensing requirements with their state social work board. Please see the licensure page for helpful links and further details.