Program Overview

The online Master of Social Work prepares students to serve as an advanced generalist social worker through classwork and intensive on-campus lab experiences.

Students completing this degree will be equipped with skills, such as:

  • knowledge of highly developed social work concepts and theories
  • outstanding analytical, statistical and evaluation skills
  • enhanced communication skills needed for social work practice, management or program development
  • in-depth understanding of social systems
  • increased insight into the roles social workers play

Graduates will be prepared to seek upper-level/administrative or direct practice opportunities in private practice, hospitals, or in city, county, state and federal government agencies

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)


    Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. At least 30 credit hours of liberal arts courses in such fields as biology, music, languages, anthropology, economics, political science, history, literature, sociology, psychology, and philosophy. A grade of C or higher in a statistics course prior to entering the Advanced Generalist Concentration portion of the MSW program. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 overall or a GPA of 3.00 in the last two years of the undergraduate program. 

    An advanced standing 36 credit MSW program is aviliable to those with a BSW degree.

    Twice during your program, you will spend 5 to 6 days on the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1883, the University of North Dakota (UND) is the state's oldest and largest University, with a reputation for research and scholarship in health sciences, energy and the environment, aerospace, and entrepreneurship. As a member of the North Dakota University System, it serves the state, the country, and the world community through teaching, research, creative activities, and service. 

    The University maintains its original programs in liberal arts, business, education, law, medicine, engineering and mines; and has also developed special programs in nursing, fine arts, aerospace, energy, human resources, and international studies. It provides a wide range of challenging academic programs for undergraduate, professional and graduate students through the doctoral level. Many degrees and certificates are available in fully online formats through the department of Extended Learning.


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