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Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.W.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions | Graduate School

Department: Social Work


This MSW offers a concentration in rural based clinical social work practice with an emphasis on trauma-informed care. Graduates with the MSW degree are prepared for licensure in advanced practice in a clinical setting where they diagnosis and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Students can also complete a certificate in Addictions Studies while completing their MSW.

NOTE: The MSW Program requires a completed 100% Online Application.

MSW Program Mission Statement

The mission of the MSW Program at A-State is to provide a transformative educational experience that emphasizes respect for diversity and prepares graduates for compassionate, ethical, clinical practice that enhances the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Graduates understand the importance of connectedness and work to improve the quality of life for all persons from the local to the global level. Graduates utilize contemporary, evidence-based theories and approaches to intervene and bring about positive changes including economic, environmental, racial, and social justice. MSW courses are developed and delivered with an emphasis on rural social work, trauma-informed care, the importance of human relationships, dignity and worth of person, human rights, and service. The MSW program graduates competent individuals who exemplify and uphold the CSWE and NASW Code of Ethics.

MSW Degrees:

Accredited by CSWE

CSWE_Accredited logoOur MSW and BSW degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.