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.
The MSW is considered the terminal degree in the social work profession. Content and coursework 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, and those interested in public child welfare may consider the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program.
The curriculum provides an in-depth education through the classroom and practicum, to prepare graduates for integrative specialized practice. Topics include applied research, social policy and advanced content in social work practice models and methods.
The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice 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. More information can be found on our CSWE Accreditation webpage.
MSW Program Mission and Statement of Purpose
The MSW Program at the University of Washington School of Social Work is dedicated to preparing professional social workers through rigorous, community-engaged, critically reflexive research, teaching, and learning. The program is grounded in our commitment to racial, economic, gender, and social justice informed by and for those at the social margins of our local, national, and global communities.
3-Year MSW Program Option
Autumn 2023--Application Closed
Autumn 2024--Application opens: 10/09/23. Priority deadline and early reviews: 02/01/24, application closes and final reviews: 03/30/24.
Autumn quarter admission only.
Our three-year MSW Program offers students a part-time path to earn a master’s degree in social work. It’s a popular option for working adults who cannot carry a full-time course load. Classes are held in the evening typically from 6:30pm to 9pm (schedule subject to quarterly changes) and the degree is earned in 10 to 11 consecutive quarters, including summers.
What to expect
In the first academic year, students take an average of two classes a quarter. Beginning with the fourth quarter, students are typically in the field one to two days a week. The schedule changes in the eighth quarter when students take an average of one class a quarter and participate in field two to three days a week. Electives are typically scheduled during weekday evenings and Saturdays. Note that field education is likely to take place during the day (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/uwt/swcj/msw-field-education).
MSW Relevant Links
Advanced Standing MSW Program Option
Winter 2024--Application deadline: 06/30/23
Winter 2025--Application opens: 10/09/23. Priority deadline and early reviews: 05/01/24, application closes and final reviews: 06/30/24.
Winter quarter admission only.
The 18-month, part-time MSW Advanced Standing Program is for applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. This program allows students to complete their degree requirements more quickly and to focus on social work areas with advanced practice. Classes are held in the evening typically from 6:30pm to 9pm (schedule subject to quarterly changes).
Effective starting Winter 2022, students applying for the advanced standing program must have graduated from a U.S. baccalaureate program in social work or social welfare accredited by the CSWE. A degree accredited by the CASWE (Canadian Association for Social Work Education) or other non-U.S. degree considered to be equivalent by the ISWDRES (International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service) may be accepted in lieu of a U.S. degree. Advanced Standing applicants who graduated more than five years ago should demonstrate continued professional growth through social work experience. Professional training, leadership, and advancement in the social work field are also considered.
What to expect
The program begins in winter quarter, with “bridge” coursework that prepares students to enter their specialized studies in the MSW advanced curriculum. During this first quarter, Advanced Standing students attend classes three days a week.
In the spring, students join 2nd year students in the 3-year MSW Program to begin the advanced curriculum. For the remainder of the program, students attend classes for one to two days per week and are typically in the field two to three days per week. Note that field education is likely to take place during the day (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/uwt/swcj/msw-field-education).