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MSW – Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Put your passion for helping people and creating change to work with a Master of Social Work degree from Monmouth University.

Our mission is to prepare graduates for professional social work practice that embodies social work values and strives to secure Human Rights by advancing social, economic, and environmental justice for vulnerable populations in a diverse and increasingly interdependent world.

Our nationally recognized 54-credit MSW program will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and field experience you need for professional social work practice in a wide range of settings, from schools and hospitals to mental health and correctional facilities. The MSW program at Monmouth University offers you the opportunity to:

  • Secure social and economic justice, advance human rights, and improve the quality of life of vulnerable families, individuals, organizations, and communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Practice with families and children, and international and community development
  • Work in an extensive set of domestic and international field opportunities
  • Provide access to multiple opportunities including applying to become licensed social workers and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors

You’ll learn from faculty members who are accomplished scholars and whose teaching is informed by continued practice, and will proceed through the program with a tightly knit group of peers. Our classes are strictly enrollment capped, keeping class sizes manageable and fostering interaction and discussion.

The M.S.W. Social Work application deadline is July 15 for Fall start only. View Program Application Requirements.

Nationally Ranked Program

The Master of Social Work program is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report for best graduate social work programs.


The MSW program is fully accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education.

Accredited by the CSWE Board of Accreditation

Cohort Model

Monmouth University’s MSW curriculum follows a unique cohort model ensuring you will progress through our program with a close-knit group of peers with whom you will most likely keep in touch throughout your career. Your specific course sequence will depend on your specialization, full- or part-time status, and whether you are a regular 54-credit student or a 30-credit advanced standing student.

Your MSW can be completed in the following ways:

  • Full-time, 54 credits in 2 years or full-time, Advanced Standing 30 credits in 1 year
  • Part-time, 54 credits in 3.5 or 4 years; part-time, Advanced Standing 30 credits in 2 years