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Program Overview

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program adopts an advanced generalist approach to social work practice that prepares students to work effectively with individuals, families, groups, and with larger social systems. This CSWE accredited program educates students who are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice with an emphasis on American Indian families and communities, particularly in rural areas. An additional priority is to promote best practices in child welfare.

Admission and Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree program with strong academic preparation as demonstrated by undergraduate GPA and completion of at least 15 semester credits in two or more social science disciplines. The Advanced Standing Program requires a bachelor’s degree in social work. Enrollment prerequisites include a college-level biology course with content on human anatomical and physiological development and a college-level statistics course.

Degree Requirements

The Standard Program requires 51 semester credits for graduation. The Advanced Standing Program requires 34 semester credits to meet the MSW degree requirements.

Deadlines and Dates

New students are admitted for the fall semester (Standard  and Advanced Standing Programs) and for summer session (Advanced Standing Students only). The application deadline is January 10, 2014.

Financial Aid

Child Welfare scholarships are available for students committed to practicing in the field of child welfare after graduation. The Clinical Scholars programs offer scholarships to students completing field placements who plan to practice with high need/high demand populations. Other scholarships are available, including the Will Dodge Scholarship and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship.

Areas of Specialization

The advanced generalist curriculum prepares students to work directly with clients in a range of practice settings and for administrative and community development roles. The program has a special focus on social work practice with American Indians. In addition,students may focus their course work in the fields of child welfare or clinical/mental health practice.

Contact Information

Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth, 220 Bohannon Hall, 1207 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218.726.7245; fax 218.726.7185;;

Director of Graduate Studies:  Melanie Shepard, 218.726.8859

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies:  Kathy LaPlante,, 218.726.8497

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