Master of Social Work
Highest Ranked Master of Social Work Program in MN
The central mission of the Master of Social Work program is the preparation of students for advanced social work practice and leadership in the following areas: clinical mental health; community practice; families and children; health, disability and aging. See MSW program mission statement.
Our program places particular importance on preparing social work professionals—case managers, policy analysts, clinicians, and community organizers—to have a practical understanding of how power and privilege, and their opposites, shape the roles that all of us play in society.
We strive to create a learning environment that is diverse in all aspects, and we use this environment to help all students develop the sensitivity and skills necessary to work effectively in diverse communities.
Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Clinical Mental Health
Learn contextually based approaches to mental health diagnostic assessment, treatment and practice evaluation, with a strong focus on client systems experiencing significant mental health risk.
Improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of human service systems to mobilize groups for social change and to serve as catalysts for sustainable development and social justice.
Families and Children
Work with families and children in a range of settings and organizations, as well as influence relevant organizational structures and policies.
Health, Disability, and Aging
Work with people affected by distinct and interconnected issues related to health, disability and aging.