My greatest hope as a social work educator is to light a fire for social justice in my students.
Earning a master’s in social work at Clarke University blends the one-on-one faculty support that Clarke is known for with impactful field experiences with clinicians and organizations throughout our region. By pursuing your MSW degree with us, you will create a professional portfolio and network of support that will empower you to be a force for good in the communities where you work and live.
Graduates of the master’s in social work degree at Clarke have found professional success as mental health therapists or counselors, substance abuse prevention and treatment providers, homelessness outreach case managers, adoption advocates, youth and senior services providers, domestic violence advocates, researchers, and more. The possibilities are endless for this in-demand field.
Academic Excellence, Practical Application
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 underserved areas. With a robust curriculum that focuses on real-world scenarios, you’ll develop an ethical and culturally-sensitive approach to your work and help individuals and communities grow. This is paired with over 400 hours of carefully selected generalist field placements in your first year, and 500 hours of specialized field practice as you advance in the program.
Connected to Your Community
The heart of social work is developing connections to your community and the resources around you. At Clarke University, you’ll benefit from our deep and trusted partnerships with community agencies like Crescent Community Health Center and Hillcrest Family Services. Additionally, you’ll have access to regional networks for field experience and training. With placement opportunities in professional settings in Dubuque, Iowa and beyond, the Clarke MSW program prepares you to responsibly engage in advocacy and compassionately work for justice.
Designed to Fit Your Life
The MSW degree was also designed for flexibility, allowing you to pursue your education while balancing commitments and pursuing your unique goals. This includes pathways such as:
- Advanced Standing Pathway (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time)
- Traditional Weekday Pathway (2 years full-time, 3 years part-time)
- 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
Admission to Clarke University
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.
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.
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.
My love for social work expands with every student and community organization relationship I help to facilitate. Watching students grow and learn from their field education experiences excites me for the future of the social work field.
Our Students & Alumni
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.
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.
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.
Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.
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 for a social worker in 2020.