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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.

Portland Option:

Online Option:

  • 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.

Distance Option:

  • 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.