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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. Students learn the fundamental knowledge, skills, and ethics that guide social work practice and the populations traditionally served by the profession.

Graduates of this program are:

  • prepared to acknowledge and utilize the less formal social exchange between people and systems that exist in rural communities.
  • educated on how to identify and develop resources, and how to use natural helping networks.
  • expected to employ a broad range of approaches, theories and models in their practice and to develop skills that enable them to perform multiple roles in the helping process.
  • aware of the importance of examining issues of diversity; social work values and ethics; how to identify, prevent and interrupt social and economic injustice; and the importance of community empowerment.

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 prepares graduates for compassionate, ethical, clinical practice that enhances the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, groups and communities. Graduates utilize contemporary, evidence-base theories and approaches to intervene and bring about positive changes including economic and social justice for the client systems we serve. Our primary focus is serving vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups in rural environments including the Lower Mississippi Delta Region and beyond.

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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.