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Online Master of Social Work | CSWE Accredited | Online MSW |

Pursue your passion for improving people's lives

Prepare Master of Social Work professionals to provide advanced generalist social work services in diverse communities. 

Degree: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

The purpose of the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program is to educate and prepare future social work and public health leaders in areas of policy, practice and research. The graduate degree enables you to deliver clinical and therapeutic services, administration and staff supervision, policy analysis, community development, organizational planning and advocating, which effectively meets the needs of South Dakota and surrounding regions. 

Clinical social workers assess, diagnose and treat patients facing emotional and mental issues. This process involves an understanding of psychology, interviewing skills and counseling procedures. All states require master's-level clinical social workers to have a license, and most require continuing education units.

Degree Requirements

Regular standing designation is for students who do not have a baccalaureate social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program. The courses begin in the fall (mid-August), and students must complete 60 credit hours.

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Advanced standing designation is for students with a baccalaureate degree (BSW/BSSW) in social work from a CSWE-accredited program. The courses begin in the summer (May), and students must complete 36 credit hours. Individuals holding a bachelor's degree in social work within 7 years that was received from an accredited CSWE program may request consideration for advanced standing. A request for advanced standing is required to be submitted in the cover letter.

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Learning Delivery Options

The traditional face-to-face format provides learning opportunities in a classroom environment with engaged interaction. Classroom training enables you to participate in group work and role-playing exercises by creating a collaborative environment that can foster discussion and dialogue. 

All graduate social work courses for the MSW face-to-face program are offered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Courses are held weekly on Monday or Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

School of Health Sciences
Health Science Center
1400 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

M.S.W. Online Program

The online program is offered for regular and advanced standing students who cannot commit to face-to-face offerings. It is offered fully online utilizing Desire 2 Learn software. Course schedule are the same as illustrated above for regular standing and advanced standing tracks.

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CSWE Accredited

University of South Dakota Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Accreditation signals that graduate social work education program satisfactorily meets the council’s standards and stresses both in person on online, are subject to the same standards and criteria. The CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United Stand and its territories.

Admission Requirements

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to Social Work in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

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The Classroom & Beyond

  • Engaging Student Experience

    As a social work student, you get the opportunity to learn about the profession in a number of activities and organizations like conferences and the Social Work Student Association.

  • Hands-On Education

    All our students complete fieldwork as part of their education. There is a wide range of agencies and locations where our students participate in hands-on learning.

  • Scholarships

    There are scholarships available for graduate students.