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Earn your graduate degree in Social Work

Why Pursue a Master of Social Work?

The master of social work at Mount Mary offers two specialty tracks: clinical and child & family.  Additionally, you can earn an optional certificate in forensic social work.  Both tracks offer student-centered learning experiences that integrate rigorous academics and experiential classroom learning with supervised clinical training. 
To accommodate all student types, schedules and lifestyles, this curriculum is offered fully online.

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Program Mission

The graduate social work program at Mount Mary University is committed to preparing students for advanced professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities with specialties in clinical social work and social work with children and families in a person-in-environment context. 

It is aligned with the purpose, values and ethics of the social work profession: service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry. A hallmark of the program is 
an appreciation and respect for persons of all genders, diverse populations and those who live in poverty.

Further, the program aims to prepare students to advance human rights which is also intrinsic to the mission of the university. The overarching and ultimate goal of the graduate program is to promote human and community well-being and the elimination of poverty and racism, through the pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice locally and globally.

Mount Mary’s Master of Social Work Program Goals:

Intrinsic to the mission of the MSW program is the ultimate goal of social and economic justice. The goals of the MSW social work program are to:

  • Prepare students for advanced social work practice including engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation through clinical social work or child & family social work.
  • Prepare students to practice social work with respect for diversity and difference.
  • Enable students to understand and advance human rights and racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Prepare students to understand frameworks of ethical decision making and how to apply principles of critical thinking in practice, research, and policy arenas.
  • Prepare students to engage in practice informed research, research informed practice, and policy practice.

Resident faculty and licensed or certified social work professionals teach 100% of courses online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. The clinical training experiences are designed to allow students to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills that provides graduates flexibility across differing employment settings.

Practicum and intern placements provide students with opportunities to strengthen their clinical social work skills under the supervision of skilled professionals.

Graduates of the MSW program child & family specialty track will meet the education requirements for initial certification as a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW) in the State of Wisconsin by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (

Features of the Master’s in Social Work Program

  • Small class sizes that make interaction with fellow classmates and faculty easier
  • Fully online curriculum, offering synchronous and asynchronous courses
  • Individuals with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)** can complete the program in one year with advanced standing. Those without a BSW can complete the program in 2-3 years (full-time enrollment).
  • Preparation to apply for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW) in Wisconsin.
  • Select from specialty tracks in:
    • Clinical
    • Child & family
    • Certificate in forensic social work

This program will not commence unless and until both CSWE and the Higher Learning Commission have approved the program.

More About Master's of Social Work

Admission Requirements - Advanced Standing (Requires CSWE-accredited BSW degree)

Admission Requirements

How to Apply


MSW Forensic Social Work Certificate  

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