Be a champion of change

You don’t ignore human struggle; you want to help. To defend human rights and justice on all levels. You’re ready to earn an MSW—the most sought-after social services degree. Concordia University is ready for you. Our online class sizes and expansive offerings maximize your opportunities, while our flexible course loads best fit your schedule - now 100% online.

Credits 63
Cost Per Credit $711
Sample Careers
  • Family Social Worker
  • Community Service Manager
  • Sociologist

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Program Overview

Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States with approximately 7,500 new positions available each year. Your timing for pursuing our MSW couldn’t be better. Graduates leave here ready for licensing in every state at multiple practice levels. You have the opportunity to work with individuals, families, children, schools, and health care systems in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, administration, politics, international social work, and more.

Our mission is to provide a Christian environment that prepares you for leadership in an increasingly diverse and global society. The advanced training an MSW degree from Concordia provides will increase your job and salary opportunities. We offer full- and part-time options to best accommodate your needs and schedule. Classes are on 100% online so you have more flexibility during the week for your required field placement and other life priorities.

We are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). What does this mean and why is it important, you ask? Good Question! The CSWE mission is to ensure those attending social work programs will receive high quality education pertinent to the profession. CUW had to meet vigorous standards and criteria in our programming in order to be in good standing. 

You’re motivated to make a difference. To advocate for social change, support diversity and fight for justice, one person at a time. We’re eager to have you join our MSW program. All applications are welcome, but rolling admissions apply and space is limited, so submit as soon as you can.

Learn more about our MSW program goals.

New Clinical Concentration

Completing the MSW clinical concentration and obtaining subsequent appropriate social work licensure, allows social workers the opportunity to bill independently while working as a private therapist and operate their own mental health business.  If you choose this concentration, you will have to opportunity to learn about interpersonal issues such as psychiatric and familiar problems.  In addition to clinical work, a social worker with a clinical specialization can also work in the courts, hospitals, schools, and other outpatient settings.  Once fully licensed as a clinical social worker, you will be able to diagnose and treat clinical mental health disorders.  An added benefit of taking this extra licensing step is that you may earn a higher compensation that other helping professions in the same role.  Completing this concentration successfully will afford you the ability to complete steps for clinical licensure.  Licensure requirements vary by state.  Additional course work and a clinical field placement during your Advanced Standing Year is required.  Please contact us to learn more about the additional requirements. 

What to Expect

What you can expect from our MSW program is everything you need to build a thriving social work career on your terms. With our full- and part-time options, you pursue the 63 credits for your MSW degree in a way that best fits your lifestyle. Some of our courses are now available online as well. In addition to approachable faculty and a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, you’ll benefit from valuable field experience.

Another expectation from our program is an Advanced Generalist specialization. Advanced Generalist social workers possess the multi-faceted knowledge of client systems. They understand the importance of evidence-based practice, evaluate their practice effectiveness, and conduct profession-based research. An Advanced Generalist specialization is particularly useful in rural settings, and for direct service practitioners because of the flexibility provided in the depth and breadth of the curriculum. It’s an ideal specialization if you’re considering a leadership position in social work, or need the advanced training to support a successful practice.

Our Advanced Generalist specialization gives you the practice-oriented, theoretical grounding at all systemic levels: the micro and mezzo systems (individuals, families, groups, communities); practice in the larger macro systems (organizations and political arenas); direct practice; and supervisory and administrative roles.

Perhaps the best expectation from our MSW program is your professional acumen and employability. We’ll do more than prepare you for a career in social work; we’ll give you the tools you need to be a truly successful agent of change in our society. Through relevant, hands-on internships for your specific career interests, you can participate in Interprofessional Education (IPE) with programs across the School of Health Professions, and graduate with an IPE training certificate. You can also participate in monthly “lunch and learn” seminars, as well as annual conferences offered through the School of Health Professions, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW).
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