Master of Social Work
Welcome! The Portland State University School of Social Work is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is the only public MSW degree offered in Oregon accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW Program will prepare you to become a professional social worker with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to serve individuals and families, transform communities, influence social policy, and promote social and economic justice.
The MSW Program is a 78-credit program which can be completed in Portland, Ashland, Bend, Eugene, Salem or Online. The curriculum combines coursework and field education in a range of human service organizations, preparing students to work effectively with our increasingly diverse communities.
- Complete the MSW program in 2, 3 or 4 years, or in the Advanced Standing 1-year program.
- Select an Advanced Year concentration in one of the following: Clinical Social Work Practice, Practice and Leadership of Community Organization, Social Work with Children, Youth, and Families or Health Across the Lifespan.
- Have the opportunity to complete a dual degree, certificate program or a specialization track.
- Classes meet once weekly, with day and evening sections of required courses available.
- Complete the MSW Online Option in 3 years following a prescribed curriculum and cohort model.
- Study only the Community and Organizational Leadership practice concentration.
- Classes completely online, including periodic face-to-face meetings with faculty using technology.
- Come to the Portland campus for 2 days of community building and instruction before each academic year.
- Complete your field placement in or near your community of residence.
- Complete in 3 years following a prescribed curriculum and cohort model.
- Distance sites located in Ashland, Bend, Eugene and Salem.
- Field placements in year two and three in your local community.
- Local Site Coordinators provide faculty advising, field placement and individual support.