Join a full-time, fully-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) program that offers a blend of in-person and online classroom experiences with small cohorts to engage you in deeper learning and foster new professional relationships. A focus on Advanced Generalist social work practice with an emphasis on the challenges in small and rural communities will provide broad preparation for wherever your career takes you.

Group of students smiling at cameraWhy Minnesota State? The MSW program will prepare you for direct social work practice with individuals, families, and groups, as well as indirect practice in organizational administration, community engagement, and public policySmall cohorts will allow you to develop strong connections with faculty and other students. We understand your busy schedule and offer classes that allow most students to successfully balance work, school, and family obligations. All of our courses have in-person and online components. You'll work closely with our Field Education Director to create hands-on learning opportunities in a wide array of health, education, and human services settings, including your current place of employment. You can expect to spend less in tuition and fees to earn your degree than you would at comparable public universities and private colleges in Minnesota.


About the MSW Program

The MSW program prepares students for both advanced direct practice and indirect practice in a wide variety of public and private social service, medical, and educational settings.

Future MSW Students

To apply to either the Traditional or the Advanced Standing program, you must follow the requirements for admission to BOTH the College of Graduate Studies and Research AND the MSW Program, and complete your application by the January 15 priority deadline.

Student Advocacy in Action

In their Specialist year (2nd year) research, MSW students engage in advocacy work, then write and disseminate policy advocacy briefs on issues of importance to social workers, their clients, and communities.

Graduate Handbook

We are pleased that you have selected Minnesota State University, Mankato to pursue your Master of Social Work degree. Here you will find information that outlines your rights, as well as your obligations as a student.

Licensure and Supervision

Social workers must graduate from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program in order to be eligible to take the graduate-level licensure exam offered via the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

MSW Outcome Assessment Data

Here is an assessment of student learning outcomes