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Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Clarke University is a professional program that prepares students for a career that carries out the values of Clarke's mission. Graduates of this program promote diversity and global awareness, advocate for social justice and assist in the empowerment of individuals, families, organizations and communities.

Our program emphasis is Mental Health and Medical Issues with coursework in:

  • Individual and Family Treatment
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Issues in Social Work
  • Social Work and the Elderly

The MSW is acknowledged in all states as the licensed professional degree preferred for all social service agencies--including mental health, substance abuse, and family treatment facilities. All hospitals, specialty clinics, hospice care, and nursing homes are required to have licensed social work professionals on staff. The MSW is a requirement for professional licensure.

The demand for MSW-trained social workers will increase dramatically over the next decade and beyond, due to an aging population with more significant health care demands, and at the same time, a "critical mass" of retirees within the current social worker population. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for social workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2020. Employment for social workers is expected to increase overall by 25%, and the need for mental health and medical social workers is expected to be even greater.

Clarke is the first private university in the state of Iowa to offer both a BSW and an MSW. We employ full-time faculty members who possess MSWs and PhDs in social work, advanced licensure in social work, and many years of clinical experience.

We offer a full-time, two-year MSW Program (for those with an undergraduate major other than social work) and a full-time Advanced Standing Program with a one-year MSW Program (for those entering with a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) and meeting all eligibility requirements). Part-time options are available for both programs.

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