Improve the lives of individuals and families, help communities prosper, and lead social service organizations.

The MSW is a 60-hour course of study designed to prepare students to work in a variety of clinical settings providing mental health services, therapy, counseling, clinical case management and other direct practice skills. The program provides social work practitioners who are committed to evidence-based practice and social justice with a comprehensive set of practice skills, and the flexibility to work in complex and ever-changing practice environments.

Putting Theory into Practice

Through the Master of Social Work (MSW) program, students will have the opportunity to study and apply theory and practice in real world circumstances through two clinically supervised internships. With the support and mentorship of a credentialed social work professional, students will learn how to think and solve problems like a social worker. The MSW program at Lewis University enables students to integrate research and advanced practice, add greater depth into the provision of services, and strengthen skills to function as clinical social workers, administrators, and clinical supervisors. As a result of learning and experiences in the MSW program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Promote the development of programs and services that ensure social and economic justice
  • Develop advanced interpersonal practice skills
  • Develop skills for developing and enhancing social functioning
  • Synthesize theoretical and research concepts from multiple perspectives to inform inquiry and practice
  • Formulate creative responses to complex issues through critical analysis
  • Model ethical and professional behaviors to guide inquiry and practice in a global and diverse society

*The Graduate Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Market Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program, career opportunities in social work (e.g. counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists) are expected to grow by 9% from 2021 to 2031.

Sample Courses:

  • Social Justice and Empowerment: Oppression, Privilege, and Diversity
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Advanced Individual Practice with Adults
  • Advanced Policy: Children and Adolescents
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Treatment of Substance Abuse

Career Areas

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Hospice
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Child Welfare
  • County Health Departments
  • Senior Services
  • Behavioral Health Hospitals


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