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Master of Social Work

Valparaiso University MSW program educates culturally-responsive, strengths-based, system-focused specialized practitioners who seek truth, pursue research-informed practice, promote well-being and equity, value human rights and act for social justice as they lead and serve in society.

Why Master of Social Work at Valpo?

Why Master of Social Work at Valpo?

Join Valpo’s new MSW program, preparing passionate leaders to serve and practice at the forefront of social change.

Valparaiso University’s social work program has a legacy of excellence that dates back to our bachelor of social work accreditation in the 1970s. Our new MSW program provides regional and national markets with ethical, inclusive, and motivated social work professionals serving in mental health settings, schools, the criminal justice field, and beyond.

High-quality, flexible programs of study are at the core of our MSW program. The Valpo MSW degree offers both a traditional, full-time program and a mixed-hybrid online program to provide access for non-traditional, motivated MSW students. While never compromising our mission or commitment to the transformational educational experience needed for excellent social work practice, students will appreciate the multiple pathways to graduation.

Our MSW program is now seeking accreditation, which is a multi-year process. Valpo has planned the start dates of its MSW program options in a way that all MSW students have the opportunity to graduate from an accredited program. Beginning in Fall 2024, our part-time, online option (with limited in-person summer residency) will be offered. The full time, in-person option for non-BSW graduates is coming Summer 2025. The full time, in-person Advanced Standing option for BSW graduates is coming Summer 2026.

MSW Highlights


Projected Growth

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 9% from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all other occupations.

Small Class Sizes

Our 12:1 average student to faculty ratio allows for personalized experiences and meaningful interactions in and out of the classroom.

Community

Our cohort model and online communities ensure you stay connected to your peers and our alumni network throughout your studies and beyond.

MSW Requirements


Valpo MSW Curriculum Map
Part-time, 60 credits (Online, limited in-person summer coursework)

Year 1 Summer Semester, In-person | 5 credits*
SOCW 500 Generalist Valpo Bridge 2 credits
SOCW 640 Advanced Communication Skills 3 credits
Year 1 Fall, Online | 9 credits
SOCW 510 Social Welfare Policy: History & Programs 3 credits
SOCW 520 Human Behavior & Social Environment 3 credits
SOCW 560 DEI: A Framework for Social Justice 3 credits
Year 1 Spring, Online | 9 credits
SOCW 556 Generalist Practice with Individuals 3 credits
SOCW 557 Generalist Practice with Orgs. and Communities 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course I 3 credits
Year 2 Summer Semester, In-person | 3 credits
SOCW 620 Advanced Practice & Theory 3 credits
Year 2 Fall Semester, Online | 10 credits
SOCW 555 Generalist Practice with Groups & Families 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course II 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course III 3 credits
SOCW 690 Topics Course 1 credit
Year 2 Spring Semester, Online | 6 credits*
SOCW 576 Foundation Practicum Seminar I 2 credits
SOCW 586 Foundation Practicum Experience I 4 credits
Year 3 Summer, In-person | 5 credits
SOCW 610 Leadership for Ethical & Equitable Policy 3 credits
SOCW 600 Advanced Valpo Bridge 2 credits
Year 3 Fall, Online | 5 credits
SOCW 675 Specialization Practicum Seminar I 2 credits
SOCW 685 Specialization Practicum Experience I 3 credits
Year 3 Spring, Online | 8 credits
SOCW 676 Specialization Practicum Seminar II 1 credit
SOCW 686 Specialization Practicum Experience II 2 credits
SOCW 666 Advanced Research for Practice 3 credits
SOCW 689 Workforce Development 2 credits

*Research methods note = Students must take a statistics class prior to this course, and could take an online statistics class over the summer or during the year to fulfill this requirement.

Coming Summer 2025

Valpo MSW Curriculum Map
Full Time, 60 credits (In-person w/ limited online coursework)

Year 1 Summer Semester | 5 credits*
SOCW 500 Generalist Valpo Bridge 2 credits
SOCW 640 Advanced Communication Skills 3 credits
Year 1 Fall Semester | 12 credits
SOCW 510 Social Welfare Policy: History & Programs 3 credits
SOCW 520 Human Behavior & Social Environment 3 credits
SOCW 555 Generalist Practice with Groups & Families 3 credits
SOCW 560 DEI: A Framework for Social Justice 3 credits
Year 1 Spring Semester | 12 credits
SOCW 556 Generalist Practice with Individuals 3 credits
SOCW 557 Generalist Practice with Orgs. & Communities 3 credits
SOCW 576 Foundation Practicum Seminar 2 credits
SOCW 586 Foundation Practicum Experience 4 credits
Year 2 Summer Semester | 8 credits
SOCW 600 Advanced Valpo Bridge 2 credits
SOCW 610 Leadership for Ethical & Equitable Policy 3 credits
SOCW 620 Advanced Practice & Theory 3 credits
Year 2 Fall Semester | 12 credits
SOCW 675 Specialization Practicum Seminar I 2 credits
SOCW 685 Specialization Practicum Experience I 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course I 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course II 3 credits
SOCW 690 Topics Course
1 credit
Year 2 Spring Semester | 11 credits
SOCW 676 Specialization Practicum Seminar II 1 credit
SOCW 686 Specialization Practicum Experience II 2 credits
SOCW 666 Advanced Research for Practice 3 credits
SOCW 689 Workforce Development 2 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course III 3 credits

*Research methods note = Students must take a statistics class prior to this course, and could take an online statistics class over the summer or during the year to fulfill this requirement.

Coming Summer 2026

Valpo MSW Curriculum Map
Full Time, 35 credits (Advanced Standing, In-person w/ limited online coursework)

Year 1 Summer Semester | 11 credits*
SOCW 600 Advanced Valpo Bridge 2 credits
SOCW 610 Leadership for Ethical & Equitable Policy 3 credits
SOCW 620 Advanced Practice & Theory 3 credits
SOCW 640 Advanced Communication Skills 3 credits
Year 1 Fall Semester | 12 credits
SOCW 675 Specialization Practicum Seminar I 2 credits
SOCW 685 Specialization Practicum Experience I 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course I 3 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course II 3 credits
SOCW 690 Topics Course
1 credit
Year 1 Spring Semester | 12 credits
SOCW 676 Specialization Practicum Seminar II 1 credit
SOCW 686 Specialization Practicum Experience II 3 credits
SOCW 666 Advanced Research for Practice 3 credits
SOCW 689 Workforce Development 2 credits
SOCW 690-698 Elective Course III 3 credits

*Research methods note = Students must take a statistics class prior to this course, and could take an online statistics class over the summer or during the year to fulfill this requirement.

MSW Career Outcomes


Valpo social work is esteemed for its commitment to producing servant leaders. The Valpo MSW equips graduates to enter the workforce as Advanced Generalist practitioners. Within this specialization, students select a pathway that uniquely prepares them to practice in a variety of settings, including:

  • Policy and advocacy
  • Community mental health
  • Public safety
  • Healthcare
  • Schools
  • Nonprofit management

Learn more about our Direct Practice, Macro Practice, and Individualized Pathways here.