Master of Social Work

At a Glance

2 Years Traditional program length
9 Months Advanced Standing program length
12-18 Students per class

Format

In-person, full-time

Location

Portland Center (near Tigard)

Semester Credit Hours

62 (32 for Advanced Standing)

Cost per semester credit hour

$756*

Tuition cost for entire program

$46,872* ($24,192* for Advanced Standing)

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

Advocate

For those touched by grief, stress and trauma

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In what ways will you use the training and empathy you have to bring resources, support and hope to individuals and communities who could use it the most?

These are the kinds of questions we’ll equip you for in our Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

CSWE Accreditation

George Fox University's 62-credit-hour MSW program builds on the successful foundation of the university’s Bachelor of Social Work program, both of which are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We are one of only three Oregon MSW programs and the only Christian school in Oregon to offer this degree.

While our MSW degree prepares you directly for field work, we also offer a diversified and customizable experience that will open up a world of options and opportunities because of the foundational training we provide.

What can you do with a Master of Social Work degree?

The scope of employment for those with a master of social work degree is more versatile than you might think. A graduate degree in social work opens up a world of options, thanks to foundational training that prepares graduates to work in a variety of interdisciplinary fields.

Learn more about how an MSW distinguishes you among the rest

Program Details

We prepare graduates for competent professional practice of social work, with the first year focused on generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

In the second year, you will choose between two advanced levels of social work practice:

These concentrations allow you to customize your degree and provide flexibility for your future career path.

Learn more about specializations

Note: The MSW program is transitioning to an advanced generalist curriculum model for fall 2022. The above specializations will continue to be offered until that time. However, both areas of practice will continue to be addressed in an advanced generalist approach to masters-level social work education.

Advanced Standing

Finish faster if you already have a bachelor's degree in social work. Our 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing program enables you to earn an MSW full time in nine months. You must have a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from George Fox or another CSWE-accredited program to apply for admission.

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Field Internships

Our program includes field internships in social service agencies and programs that match your choice of concentration and your area of professional interest. Internships are arranged through the program, so you don’t have to secure them on your own.

Field internship settings include school, medical, veteran, faith-based, community mental health and residential agencies.

Spiritual Integration

Our students are trained to understand how various religious and spiritual worldviews and practices, including the Christian worldview, influence the way they practice within the social work profession.

Learn more about spiritual integration in the MSW program

The Be Known Promise

At George Fox, you will not be a “number.” Our small classes ensure you will be known by name by both your professors and peers. It’s all part of the university’s Be Known promise.

What is the significance of the Be Known promise in the context of social work? Whether we are speaking about our MSW students or the clients they will eventually serve, we believe that the primary factor in their success is the quality of the relationships they have with their guides, be they academic or therapeutic.

Being authentically known – personally, academically and spiritually – is crucial to change because when students feel what it’s like to be known in this way, they become inspired – and can, in turn, inspire others.

Curriculum

The MSW program is a 62-credit-hour program, with a 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing alternative for qualified graduates of accredited BSW programs. Students also complete 448 to 560 field internship hours each year.

Note: More detailed information on the program is available in the student handbook PDF.

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Kyra Brown

Kyra Brown, MSW, CSWA

School social worker, Beaverton School District

I wanted an accredited MSW program where I could get the education and field experience I needed. I didn’t originally select George Fox due to it being a faith-based program, but found that it pushed me to learn how to discuss these topics in my experiences with social work. This is a unique skill set that I think only George Fox MSW students gain.

Questions?

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Kristie DeHaven

Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Degree Admissions

Admissions Counselor, Master of Social Work