School of Health Sciences Social Work

MSW Program

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program was created by the State Legislature in the spring of 2009 to address a critical need for MSW's throughout the State of South Dakota.

Program Description

The University of South Dakota's Master of Social Work program is a 2-year program that prepares professionals to provide social work services in diverse communities in South Dakota and the surrounding region. The Master of Social Work program seeks to educate a workforce of social workers who are able to deliver professional services such as clinical and therapeutic services, administrative and staff supervision, policy analysis, and community planning and organization, which will effectively meet the social services needs of the citizens of our state and region. The M.S.W. program is offered in two different formats– as a part-time and a full-time program. The MSW program is increasing enrollment by offering the full 2-year MSW program each year. Applications for the regular 2-year program are now being accepted. Review of those applications will begin March 11, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the program is full. Classes will begin with the fall 2013 semester. Please contact the Graduate School for more information on the admission process for the M.S.W. program.

Advanced Standing Program

Advanced Standing is available for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The baccalaureate degree in social work must have been earned within 7 years of starting the M.S.W. program. The advanced standing curriculum requires 36 credits. The admission cycle for advanced standing differs from the two year program. The preferred deadline for applications for the advanced standing program was September 16th, 2013. The Social work department will continue to accept applications after the date until the firm deadline. Classes for the next cohort of advanced standing students will begin in mid-January 2014. Interested applicants should refer to our website for application deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions
Curricula (Two-Year Regular Program & Advanced Standing Program)
MSW Field Placement Sites
Employment Status of MSW Graduates
Quarterly Reports on the Status of the MSW Program

CSWE Competency Benchmark Report, MSW Program, AY2013


MSW Students Melissa Gunderson, Paige Fossum, Christina Early & Stefanie Auch, MSW students, had book reviews accepted for publication in Poverty & Public Policy, Journal of SOCW Values & Ethics, Journal of Homosexuality & Journal of Policy Practice, respectively.