Master of Social Work | MSW

Master's Degree

Pacific University’s unique master of social work (MSW) program features educational experiences designed to prepare students to work as successful professionals in the social work field.

It takes more than a good heart and a desire to help. To make a positive, lasting impact, a social worker must possess knowledge, values, skills and competencies. At Pacific University, we provide our students with the tools they will need to become professional social workers. Together, we will work toward creating a better world.

MSW Programs in Oregon

The Pacific University master of social work program is available on both the Eugene Campus and the Forest Grove Campus.

Pacific’s MSW programs offer an advanced practice degree based on the purpose of the social work profession: to promote human and community wellbeing. A low student-faculty ratio allows for individualized instruction and mentoring. Practical field education is designed to promote the application of social work values and ethics, theory, and skills to practice, and both locations provide opportunities to explore social work practice in rural and urban settings.

Full-Time and Advanced Standing Tracks

The master of social work degree is available to any students who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university. 

The two-year full-time MSW program (64 credits) is open to any applicant with a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university. 

Students who earned a bachelor of social work (BSW) from a CSWE accredited program in the past five years may apply for advanced standing. The advanced standing MSW program starts with a one-credit “tune-up” course and requires one year (32 credits) of full-time study to complete.

Starting in Fall 2022, both the two-year and advanced standing tracks will be available on the Eugene and Forest Grove campuses.


The MSW program is accredited (2017–2022) by the Council on Social Work Education. Pacific's Master of Social Work is part of the Claire Argow Social Work Program, along with the Bachelor of Social Work.

In compliance with the Department of Education, 34 CFR 668.43, Pacific University’s Department of Social Work has reviewed the social work licensure laws for all 50 states.  Our MSW program is fully accredited by the CSWE. The MSW degree is one prerequisite designed to meet the educational requirements for applying for licensure in all 50 States to practice as a licensed social worker.

MSW Program Handbook (pdf) | Assessment Results (pdf)


Daisy Rizo '17, MSW '18 in a clinical setting with a patient

The Master of Social Work degree prepares students for advanced practice in the social work field, with a focus on values and ethics, theory, and field skills. Launched in 2014, the program is based at Pacific’s Eugene Campus but will expand in Fall 2022 to be available on the Forest Grove Campus as well.

Sara Summers

Summers joined the Pacific University Graduate & Professional Admissions team in 2007, supporting the School of Learning & Teaching and Master of Social Work programs on the Eugene Campus.

Lalit Khandare

Khandare is in his fourth year as a faculty member in the Master of Social Work program, where he uses his expertise in caste studies, homelessness and domestic violence to inform coursework and inspire student research.

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