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 Standing, 60 hour, 2-year program are now being accepted. Review of those applications will begin on or about March 1 each year. Applications will be accepted until the firm deadline or until all slots are filled. Classes will begin in late August each year.

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 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 is September 1. The Social work department will continue to accept applications until the firm deadline or until all slots are filled. Classes for the next cohort of advanced standing students will begin in mid-January each year.

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.