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Master of Social Work

Clarke University offers multiple high-quality pathways to a Master of Social Work degree. Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is focused on integrated health social work practice with particular attention to rural areas.

Clarke’s social work program develops mindful, engaged social workers who are prepared to competently serve their communities, responsibility engage in advocacy, and compassionately work for justice.

Clarke’s program prepares students through academically rigorous coursework and provides rich field experiences in a wide variety of settings. The MSW program offers flexibility through a variety of pathways.

MSW Pathway Options:

  • Advanced Standing Pathway (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time)
  • Hybrid Weekend Pathway (3 years part-time)
  • Traditional Weekday Pathway (2 years full-time, 3 years part-time)

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Follow your dream with Clarke University's MSW program.

Program Details

  • Fully accredited program
  • 60 credit hours; 30 credits if entering as Advanced Standing
  • Over 900 hours of field practice
  • Multiple pathway options
  • Affordable program with financial aid available
  • For course descriptions and more information, please see the Academic Catalog
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Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Please submit the graduate application form and other required documents. Once your application is complete, you will be contacted for an interview.
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Meet Our Faculty

When our MSW graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know you by your first name.

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Amanda Greubel, DSW

Amanda Greubel, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

My greatest hope as a social work educator is to light a fire for social justice in my students.

Mary Gitau, Ph.D.

Mary Gitau, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work

I am always prepared to share knowledge, to facilitate discussion and activities, to provide learning opportunities, and to evaluate the course and students’ effort.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work, Associate Chair of Social Work

My enthusiasm for my students’ ideals and potential, I hope, provides encouragement and inspiration for them to believe in themselves and begin to impact the world around them.

Lydia Wong

Lydia Wong

Instructor of Social Work

I have found social work to be an immensely rewarding and yet significantly challenging career. My hope for students is to develop the skills and base of knowledge to find both fulfillment participating in the helping profession and the ability to overcome the challenges presented in it.

Psychology Major students have access to state of the art facilities at Clarke University

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Amy Duehr

Amy Duehr

Master of Social Work '16

Earning my master’s degree in social work has made a huge difference in my life. I was able to get a new career, and I set a positive example for my kids.

Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein

Master of Social Work '17

I am going beyond the classroom and the textbook, and am making decisions that have an impact on lives. Nothing makes an experience more real than knowing that the right decision can have a lasting positive effect.

Chelsea Davis

Chelsea Davis

Master of Social Work '19

Clarke has helped me learn the skills I need to be able to grow and explore my passions in the social work field. Clarke’s program has established my strong sense of advocacy, social justice, ethical responsibility, and devotion to the mental health field. I have and continue to use these skills to fight for my patients and make mental health a priority in my community.

Average Faculty to student ratio

Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.

13 %
Career growth

Employment for social workers is projected to increase overall by 13% by 2029, and the need for health care, mental health, and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow at an even higher rate, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Median Salary

Median salary for a social worker in 2020.


Clarke University’s Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


The Clarke University Master of Social Work Program does not give course credit for life experience or previous work experience. Each student’s experience is unique and may be helpful in some areas of the MSW Program. These experiences, however, do not count for credit. Each student must complete all of the MSW courses to ensure that all skills, theories, and learning opportunities are covered.

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