Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work Program prepares social workers for leadership in direct family-centered social work practice. The curriculum is solidly grounded in social systems theory and provides students with knowledge, skills and values in eight curricular areas; social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice and populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, research, and field practicum.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Master of Social Work

Prominent Careers

Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as professional social workers through the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) in Kansas and through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado.

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The MSW Program at Newman University is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).



The Master of Social Work degree entails 70 semester credit hours (SCH) of coursework, including 22 SCH of supervised fieldwork (the practica) and related integrative seminars. These practica provide a total of 1052 clock-hours of supervised practice experience in selected social service agencies. 

Full-time students in the regular program can expect to complete the requirements for the degree over five contiguous semesters.

Full-time students in the Advanced Standing program can expect to complete the degree in three semesters.

Part-time students in the regular program should anticipate four calendar years for completion.

Part-time Advanced Standing students should anticipate two calendar years of study. 

Change in status (from part-time to full-time or vice versa) is permitted.

Educational Policy

Read the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards by the Council on Social Work Education

Advanced Standing

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program may be eligible for advanced standing. The advanced standing program consists of 36 SCH of coursework, including 12 SCH of fieldwork and related integrative seminars. This program requires one calendar year of study for full-time students and two years for part-time students.

Students who qualify for Advanced Standing take only the 3rd, 4th, and 5th semesters of the full-time program beginning in the summer.

Student Resources  

Social Work Student Lounge

The School of Social Work has a student lounge, located in McNeill Hall Room 123. This area allows students to study or relax before or after their classes. It is equipped with a telephone, refrigerator, and microwave.

Licensure Preparation

Examination preparation materials and resources are available for use by Newman University students on campus through Academic and Student Support Services. Contact the Student Support Services Coordinator. Visit the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board website.

Program Admission and Application Information

Individuals seeking admission to the Newman University MSW program are required to meet the following expectations:

  1. Submission of completed Graduate Admission Application Online / Printable and School of Social Work Application
  2. Submission of a $25.00 Application Fee ($40.00 for international students) non-refundable.
  3. Submission of an official transcript documenting receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university as well as an official transcript from each college where graduate credit was earned
  4. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in upper division course work
  5. Submission of three letters of recommendation on specified forms.
  6. Submission of a personal statement which includes
    1. The applicant’s individual qualifications and motivations for entering the field of social work
    2. His or her areas of special interest to include fields of practice and special populations
    3. This statement should address the applicant’s ability to collaborate with others and his or her readiness to learn in the classroom and in the field practicum
    4. The statement should be about two to three pages in length

Interviews and standardized tests (e.g., GRE or MAT) are used selectively.

The Department of Social Work does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, political orientation or sexual orientation.

Application materials can be obtained by contacting Karen Noel.