Is your MSW program accredited?

At its February 2016 meeting, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) reviewed the social work program's Benchmark II materials at which time they granted the Master of Social Work program a second year of candidacy status. Our Commissioner Visit II preceeding this decision took place Oct. 28-30, 2015

The program is now preparing the Benchmark III self study documents. A Site Visit is anticipated Fall of 2016 with an Initial Accreditation decision in February 2017.
CSWE is the national body charged with the accreditation of professional social work programs and previously voted to grant candidacy status to the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at George Fox University at its February 2015 meeting. 
Previously, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities gave approval for the development of this Master of Social Work degree program. The initial accreditation documents were submitted to CSWE, and the Commissioner Visit I took place on Nov. 3, 2014.


What concentrations does your program offer?

The George Fox MSW program has two advanced practice concentrations:

  • Direct practice with families, children, individuals and groups
  • Community practice (organizations and development)

These concentrations focus on important and needed areas of practice while also providing graduates with a great deal of flexibility in their future career paths. Consistent with the university and program mission, infused into both concentrations will be themes related to:

  • The ethical integration of personal beliefs and competent professional practice
  • Working effectively with diverse spiritual and religious beliefs, practices and organizations
  • Meeting human needs and seeking social justice locally, nationally and globally


Is there an Advanced Standing Option?

Students who have a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from George Fox University or another program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) can apply for admission to the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program, which enables full-time students to complete their MSW at George Fox in nine months. This is possible because of the accredited BSW programs and the foundation year of the MSW program mandated by the CSWE.


Can I work while enrolled in your MSW program?

We understand the need many students will have to work part time while attending our MSW program. The majority of our placements will be during regular working hours. The more restrictive your schedule is, the more difficult it is to find suitable placement options. If you will be working while attending the program, it is important to have flexible work hours to accommodate the class schedule and the field placement.


Is there a possibility of getting a dual master’s degree?

Not at this time.


Are there evening or online options?

At this time the majority of the course work and field hours will be during the regular working day. There will be seminars and workshops occasionally in the evenings and/or Saturdays.


Is a criminal background check required?

Applicants are advised that criminal background checks are required by practicum and internship sites to determine the student’s qualification to provide services. A criminal record may reduce the options of field placement.


How will the program be structured?

The MSW program is a 62-credit-hour program, with a 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing alternative for qualified graduates of accredited BSW programs, with 480-600 field internship hours each year.

The foundation (first year) of the MSW program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. In the second year, graduates are prepared for advanced levels of social work practice in their chosen advanced concentration of direct practice or community practice.

We are offering a traditional day program that will require students to be in class primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with seminars sections throughout the week during evening hours. Field work will be done largely on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Where will classes be offered?

Classes will be held at our convenient Portland Center campus, located at 12753 SW 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97223  


How will my fieldwork be chosen and how will that be structured?

There will be a field practicum application process after being admitted to the MSW program by the field director to ensure the field placement is mutually beneficial to the student as well as the agency the student is partnered with.


Can my current place of employment be accepted as my field placement?

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) sets the standard that the Field Internship must be in addition to the student’s regular responsibilities with a different supervisor who is licensed and not in a position of employer to the student. The standards of the agency and the responsibilities and tasks given to the student must be approved by the field director.


Do I need to take the GRE?

The GRE is not required but may enhance the academic strength of your application.


Still have questions?

Cristina Schmitt

Cristina Schmitt

Master of Social Work Admissions Counselor