MSW Programs in Forest Grove

Choose your pathway to a Master of Social Work degree at Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus.

The master of social work degree is available to any students who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university. For some students, pursuing a master of social work degree represents a change in pathway from their undergraduate studies. Other students are continuing a bachelor level education in social work.

Two-Year Full-Time MSW Program

Any applicant with a four-year (undergraduate) degree from an accredited institution is eligible to apply for admission to Pacific’s MSW program. The degree need not be in the social sciences, but should contain courses that address the liberal arts requirement stated below. Regular admission will take two years of full-time study to complete (64 semester credits). 

MSW in One Year

Students who have earned a bachelor of social work degree (BSW) from a CSWE accredited program, no more than five years prior to beginning the MSW program, are eligible to apply for advanced standing. The advanced standing MSW program requires one year (32 semester credits) of full-time study plus a one-credit “tune-up” course just before the program begins.

If students completed their bachelor's degree in social work more than five years before applying to the MSW program, they must demonstrate that they have engaged in continuing education and professional social work practice during a majority of the years since their undergraduate education. A BSW does not guarantee applicants admission to Pacific’s MSW program.

Earn Your MSW in Forest Grove

Pacific University was founded in Forest Grove in 1849. Today, the campus is a mix of historic brick buildings, giant oaks and evergreens, and state-of-the-art student facilities. As Pacific’s primary residential campus, Forest Grove serves most of our undergraduate students, including those in our Bachelor of Social Work Program. But the Forest Grove Campus also is home to graduate and professional programs ranging from optometry to business to education.

Enjoy the traditional college campus atmosphere, including the library, student center, athletic facilities, and performance facilities, and take advantage of the heart of the Pacific Northwest: Forest Grove is a short drive from downtown Portland and just an hour away from the Oregon Coast or Cascade Mountains. 

Contact Us

Sara Summers | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
ssummers@pacificu.edu