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Due to COVID 19, many have faced unprecedented challenges. We are extending our application deadline to April 13 to assist you. If you are interested in pursuing an MSW degree, please fill out an application. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact Sara Summers a

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 towards creating a better world.

Students have two pathways to admission — MSW programs in Eugene include a full, two-year MSW program and an advanced standing program for students with a bachelor of social work degree. The MSW advanced standing program is also available on 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. Practical field education is designed to promote the application of social work values and ethics, theory, and skills to practice. The professor to student ratio at Pacific allows for individualized instruction and mentoring and both locations provide opportunities to explore social work practice in both rural and urban settings.

The MSW program is accredited (2017–2021) 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)


Anuhea Wall '15, MSW '17 with her two sisters and two nephews

Anuhea Wall '15, MSW '17 supports families with Native Hawaiian children through her job as a social worker for the Lili‘uokalani Trust.

Moving in

Pacific University's Eugene Campus is now located on the main campus of Lane Community College.

Six students from the Master of Social Work program participated in a 20-day immersion course in Merida, Mexico during winter break. The focus of the course was to learn more about what social services and advocacy groups are available in the Yucatan area, and Merida in particular, and where there may be gaps in services.

Upcoming Events

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10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 28, 2020
All Day | Monday, Aug. 31, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 23, 2020
Eugene, Online
5:30 to 7 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 22, 2021
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 29, 2021