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The Master of Social Work (MSW) program will prepare you for advanced ethical and professional social work practice and licensure, advocating for hope in the arenas of social, economic, and environmental justice. You’ll be empowered to work toward systemic change that impacts the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, honoring their dignity and worth. And you’ll integrate authentic faith and theology of justice into your learning and your field work.

Master of Social Work: Advanced Standing

The MSW advanced standing program is available to students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution. The program prepares graduates for advanced ethical and professional social work practice and licensure, emphasizing commitment to service, social justice, integrity, competence, and scientific inquiry.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 35
Tuition per Credit $750
Estimated Total Tuition $26,250*

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Master of Social Work: Full Program

The MSW full program is available to students with a bachelor’s degree other than a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW). The program prepares graduates for advanced ethical and professional social work practice and licensure, emphasizing commitment to service, social justice, integrity, competence, and scientific inquiry.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 56
Tuition per Credit $750
Estimated Total Tuition $42,000*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

Program Accreditation

Students must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) to be eligible to pursue social work licensure. Bethel University’s BSW program has been accredited since 1981. Bethel is currently pursuing candidacy with CSWE for accreditation for its Master of Social Work program. CSWE states that accreditation applies retroactively to program graduates once it is obtained, but students should check with their state social work board to verify that they will be eligible to apply for licensure in their state if they graduate from a program before it is accredited. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) provides helpful information regarding licensure requirements by state. It is the student's responsibility to verify licensing requirements with their state social work board. In Minnesota, temporary licenses are available to students graduating from a social work degree program in candidacy status.

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