Master of Social Work—100% Online

2-4 Years to Complete

CSWE Accredited

No Pre-requisites Required

Financial Aid Available

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Prepare to Build Stronger Communities

The online Master of Social Work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota prepares you to deepen your commitment to social justice issues through clinical practice. As a graduate, you’ll gain autonomy in your partnerships with clients, working directly with individuals, couples, families, and communities to diagnose mental health conditions, treat issues, and encourage a positive response to personal and societal challenges

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available 
  • Dedicated field work placement specialists  

Choose Your Path to Become a Social Worker

Two tracks featuring rigorous curriculum and practica are offered to build upon your academic and professional experiences.

This 60-credit track is offered to students who have a desire to serve others through this profession but don’t hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree. The first half of your coursework will address foundational concepts and includes two practica. The second half is dedicated to the advanced knowledge and skills you need to work in clinical settings and includes a practicum as well.

If you hold a BSW* degree, you can prepare for clinical practice faster in this 30-credit program**, saving yourself time and money. This track also includes a rigorous clinical practicum, so you can build your skills and test your knowledge in real-world settings.

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*The Advanced Standing track carries certain admissions requirements in order to ensure our students have the best foundation for this advanced option. Applicants must have completed a BSW degree in the past 10 years (or make a commitment to take additional coursework) with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, among other requirements. Conditional admittance is available in certain circumstances. Contact an enrollment counselor today for more information about this program by completing the request form.

**Students must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) to be eligible to pursue social work licensure. 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. The MSW program at SMU achieved CSWE accreditation in March 2022.