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 (classes on Friday afternoon/evenings & Saturdays).

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.

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

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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.

Girls today Conference students.

Approximately 65 middle school girls, ages 12-15, took part in the 15th annual Girls Today Conference in October. Girls Today was an all-day conference held at the Forest Grove campus that brought together graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Graduate Psychology, Master of Social Work, the Center for Gender Equity and the American Association of University Women.

Students and staff from Pacific’s Master of Social Work program and the School of Learning & Teaching took part in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Eugene, OR alongside more than 750 participants community members, to show their support for suicide awareness and prevention.