Social Work, M.S.W.

Prepare for your future career in community-based services in USJ’s flexible Master of Social Work program

Social Work is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States and includes diverse and varied fields of practice. Study at USJ’s Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited MSW Program.

Graduate Social Work students enjoy small classes and caring faculty who offer personal attention, academic advising and guidance in career development. Students gain professional experience while they complete two separate year-long placements in an innovative student unit model.

The MSW Program prepares community-engaged clinical social workers who, guided by a person in environment framework, professional knowledge, ethics, standards, and cultural humility, use evidence-informed research and practices to improve individual functioning, strengthen families and create equitable communities and policies that advance human rights, social and economic justice, and local and global peace.

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The University of Saint Joseph Masters in Social Work program was fully reaccredited from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the February 2020 meeting of the Commission on Accreditation. The accreditation is for eight years until 2028.

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A Mind’s Journey is a trauma-informed practice that provides clinical services to children, adults, and seniors. In addition, they provide Equine Assisted Therapy at the Ebony Horsewomen Farm. USJ interns work with AMJ to develop their clinical skills while integrating horses, as one of the treatment interventions in a unique and therapeutic environment.

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Program Outcomes

  • Produce ethically strong graduates prepared for community-based practice as licensed clinical social workers in areas where there is the greatest need
  • Provide access to graduate social work education for employed health and human services personnel
  • Improve client outcomes and access to high quality clinical social work services for underserved populations through student and faculty involvement in applied, community-engaged research
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to develop evidence-informed practices and strategies for delivering integrative care to diverse populations
  • Enhance the relationship between Social Work education and practice through mutually beneficial partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Implement and evaluate the student unit model of field education and disseminate outcomes to the Social Work education community

Career Opportunities: Clinical social workers are found in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, community health settings, schools, veteran’s services, in-patient, and out-patient mental and behavioral health care programs, and child welfare programs to name just a few. Many clinical social workers open or join a private practice after gaining experience in an agency setting. State licensure is required for the practice of clinical social work.


USJ’s Social Work program offers several flexible program options to meet the needs of working professionals and prepares students for successful, in-demand careers through advanced clinical practice and community-based opportunities.

  • Flexible class schedules (evening and weekend)
  • Hybrid course delivery: Online content combined with in-person instruction in small classes with our outstanding faculty, so you can work towards your master’s in social work online at your convenience
  • Several completion pathways (full-time and part-time) allowing all students, including those who are employed full-time, to complete their MSW degree.
  • Clinical Preceptor/Student Unit model of field education. Unlike traditional MSW programs that place students with volunteer social workers, the USJ MSW program partners with select agencies and pays a licensed clinical social worker (Clinical Preceptors) to provide individual and group supervision to each student – guaranteeing the quality of case assignments and clinical supervision.

MSW Outcomes

Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year (2020-2021) 

All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) are required to measure and report student learning outcomes.  All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and any additional competencies programs may choose to add.  These holistic competencies reflect the dimensions (knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive & affective processes) of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. 

Table Key

  • GP: Generalist Practice
  • P1: Area of Specialized Practice #1 (Clinical)


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    Raymie Wayne, M.S.W., J.D., Ph.D.
    Chair, Professor of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice
    Phone: 860.231.5541
    Email: [email protected]

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