Master of Social Work

Developed in collaboration with the School of Social Work on the Seattle campus, the UW Tacoma Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares learners for advanced and specialized practice as providers of social services and includes a combination of field experience and classroom learning.

How to apply

The MSW is considered the terminal degree in the social work profession. Content and coursework in the MSW program will prepare graduates to function in professional social work positions in a wide variety of settings, including health care agencies, child and family services, public social service organizations and the criminal justice system. Students may also complete the Washington State requirements for K-12 School Social Worker Certification.

MSW Hooding Ceremony

The advanced curriculum provides an in-depth education through the classroom and practicum, to prepare graduates for advanced, specialized practice. Topics include applied research, social policy and advanced content in social work practice models and methods.

This program prepares MSW graduates to assume leadership roles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research-informed intervention programs. This graduate program also prepares learners to collaborate with other human service professionals and with the community. Graduates will be prepared to address the social welfare needs of a complex society.

Two MSW Program Options

3-Year MSW

The UW Tacoma Master of Social Work program is currently designed as a three-year, part-time evening program. It is designed for graduates of baccalaureate programs in any major.

Advanced Standing MSW

The UW Tacoma Social Work and Criminal Justice Program also offers a part-time Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program. It is designed for eligible graduates of baccalaureate programs in social work/social welfare. Advanced Standing allows students to enter the advanced level of the MSW curriculum.


The Social Work and Criminal Justice Program at UW Tacoma is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as a program option under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle.

What makes the MSW relevant?

The program prepares learners for the social work profession and:

► Provides a broad perspective of the field of social welfare.

► Provides a foundation of social work knowledge and skills.

► Provides an ethics and values base.

► Provides advanced and specialized knowledge of social work interventions.