The Department of Social Work at Minnesota State Mankato offers a full-time Master of Social Work (MSW) program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) focusing on Advanced Generalist social work practice, including specialization year emphasis on practice in small and rural communities.

Group of students smiling at cameraThe vision for the Minnesota State University Master of Social Work Program is to be an anti-racist, anti-oppressive and a truly equitable community that centers on fair and equitable policies, systems, and practices. We acknowledge that each student’s journey to graduate school was different and impacted by various systems of oppression and privilege. We are a community of learners who value the exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives. Thereby, creating brave spaces to learn how to address fear, ignorance, and hate, while building an ethos of intellectual engagement, curiosity, and respect for others.

Advanced Generalist

Advanced generalist practice builds on mastery of the generalist foundation to increase the depth and breadth of practice.

Campus Supports & Services

Learn about programs and services both on campus and in the community that can help to support you as a student at Minnesota State University.

Class Schedule

The MSW Program has been designed to try to meet the needs of students who may be working and also may have other obligations that make it appealing to be on campus only a couple days a week.


The MSW Curriculum has been carefully developed based upon our mission, goals, and objectives with particular attention given to the requirements of our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the College and University's missions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to several common questions about our MSW program.

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).

Mission & Goals

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.

MSW Outcome Assessment Data

Here is an assessment of student learning outcomes

Paying for your Education

The MSW program bases tuition on standard graduate rates plus a differential tuition model.

Contact Master of Social Work

If you have additional specific questions regarding the MSW program, be sure to contact us