Why earn a master's degree in social work?

Application Deadlines
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 program.

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.

MSW Career Paths


Growth rate for social workers through 2026

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Median annual salary for social workers

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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 Crookston, Minn.
  • Case manager at McLaren Greater Lansing in Lansing, Mich.
  • Chemical dependency and mental health counselor at Great Lakes Recovery Center in Marquette, Mich.
  • Mental health practitioner at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
  • 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

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Top Online Social Work Master's Degree

UND is one of the best academic and research institutions for social work. Our MSW online program is ranked as a Top 10 “Most Affordable College for Online Social Work Degrees” by onlineu.org.

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