Earn your master's degree in social work from a top-ranked accredited MSW program.
Social work is your calling. Be the change needed to help improve lives, stand up
to injustices and prevent social problems.
On Campus or Online
Est. time to complete:
1-2 years (on-campus or online concentration) or 3 years (online foundation)
36 (on-campus or online concentration) or 60 (online foundation)
Why earn a master's degree in social work?
Jan. 15 (On-Campus Concentration)
August 15 (Distance Foundation)
Nov. 15 (Distance Concentration)
On-Campus Master's in Social Work
Complete your master's degree in social work in as few as three semesters by attending
class full-time and on campus. Or, complete the on-campus concentration part-time.
On-campus graduate social work students must have completed a B.S.W. from a CSWE-accredited
Online Social Work Master's Degree
The University of North Dakota's (UND's) online master's degree in social work is
especially tailored for students who work full-time.
The Online (Distance) Concentration is available for students who have completed a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree
from a CSWE-accredited program. Those without a B.S.W. but with a bachelor's degree
in a related field can pursue the Online (Distance) Foundation.
Accredited MSW Program
The M.S.W. program was established in 1989 and fully accredited in 1993. UND social
work programs are continuously reaffirmed for accreditation. UND continues to update
its curriculum to adhere to revised standards established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
UND's Social Work Master's Program
The Advanced Generalist emphasis prepares you for all practice settings, including
clinical social work. You will be prepared to provide advanced social services and
develop the skills needed for advanced positions.
93% retention rate among MSW online students.
Get involved with our national award-winning Student Social Work Association or Phi Alpha, the social work honor society.
A master's degree in social work from the University of North Dakota offers you flexibility
in social work employment as a licensed professional. The MSW program gives you additional
expertise and training for career advancement. MSW students have gone on to hold the
following positions, among others:
Adult community mental health practitioner at Northwestern Mental Health Center in
Case manager at McLaren Greater Lansing in Lansing, Mich.
Chemical dependency and mental health counselor at Great Lakes Recovery Center in
Mental health practitioner at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in Detroit Lakes,
Social work program director at Central Alabama Aging Consortium in Montgomery, Ala.
Supervisor at PATH North Dakota in Fargo, N.D.
Some graduates use their master's degree in social work as a stepping stone to become
a therapist, pursue a law degree or perform social work research.
Graduate Social Work Courses
SWK 530. Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals. 2 Credits.
Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals helps students refine and deepen their conceptual and technical knowledge of social work practice with individuals. The course equips students with advanced generalist skills to guide engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individual clients. Course assignments promote ethical and evidence-based practice relevant to diverse populations. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced Generalist Concentration. F,SS.
SWK 533. Advanced Generalist Practice with Families. 2 Credits.
Advanced Generalist Practice with Families teaches students advanced generalist skills in working with families to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate client systems. This class builds upon family therapy theories and their practical applications. Activities and assignments build skills necessary to work with families in therapeutic settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced Generalist Concentration. F,S.
SWK 534. Advanced Generalist Practice with Treatment Groups. 2 Credits.
Advanced Generalist Practice with Treatment Groups uses an interpersonal perspective as a theoretical foundation for understanding group dynamics. Students build upon foundational knowledge and skills, and develop and demonstrate advanced techniques for engaging individuals in the group process, assessing appropriateness for group membership, developing interventions, and evaluating the treatment group process. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced Generalist Concentration. F,S.
SWK 515. Generalist Practice Field Education I. 3 Credits.
Generalist field internship placement in a human service organization. Students apply foundation coursework, emphasizing core competencies and demonstration of practice behaviors. Prerequisite: Admission to field program. Corequisite: SWK 516. S/U grading. F.
SWK 501. Human Behavior in the Social Environment I. 2 Credits.
Generalist Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (HBSE I) provides students with foundational knowledge relevant to human life span development, and an introduction to social work systems perspectives. Students critique and apply various frameworks to case scenarios that exemplify client differences in biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural domains. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SWK 507.
SWK 506. Social Policy. 2 Credits.
Provides a basic understanding of the history and current patterns of social welfare services in the United States. Students apply a policy analysis framework to identify key issues, understand policy development, and assess the role of social policies and political processes on the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Students also learn to identify opportunities for actively engaging in the policy arena. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.
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