Master of Social Work

The demand for trained social workers will increase by 25% thru 2020 and the need for mental health and medical workers is even greater. Clarke University is the first private College in Iowa to develop high quality, pathways for a MSW degree, which will prepare you for a career that fully carries out Clarke's mission by training students to be advocates for social justice, promotes diversity and global awareness, and assists in the empowerment of individuals, families, organizations and communities.


  • Affordable program at a private university
  • 64 credit hours; 32 credits if entering as Advanced Standing*
  • No GRE required
  • Financial aid available
  • Recognized in all states as the preferred licensed professional degree for all social services agencies


Clarke University offers progressive faculty with over 50 years combined experience in mental health, hospitals, family clinics, private practice, research and nonprofit administration. All educators in the program hold advanced degrees as well as 40 years of combined teaching experience. All faculty have extensive experience in multiple fields within Social Work.

MSW CAREER PATHS                             

Mental Health Therapist Hospice Social Worker
Hospital Social Worker Substance Abuse Therapist
Veteran Affairs Social Worker Non-Profit Administrator


Clarke’s program prepares students through rigorous coursework, rich field experiences in a wide variety of settings while providing flexibility within our class schedule to work within your needs as a student. Whether you need part time or full time; week days or weekends.

  Credits Length of Program Format Time Priority Date for Field Placement
Weekend/Hybrid Program         
Hybrid Weekend  64 credit hours  3 years Hybrid On Campus/Online Friday evening 

April 1
MSW Program for those entering with a BSW from a CSWE accredited program 

One Year Program Advanced Standing* 32 credit hours 1 year On Campus   Day April 1
Two Year Program Advanced Standing*   32 credit hours 2 years On Campus Day April 1
MSW Program for those with an undergraduate major other than social work 
Two Year Program 64 credit hours 2 years   On Campus Day April 1
Three Year Program  64 credit hours 3 years On Campus Day April 1

Advanced-Standing Program Requirements

To qualify for entrance to our accelerated program, you must have completed your Bachelor of Social Work program from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) within the last seven years. Minimum grade requirements of a B in undergraduate social work courses and a C in statistics.


  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015