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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)

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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.

Del Quest

Aisling “Del” Quest has been promoted to associate professor of social work and granted indefinite tenure by Pacific University

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