Become a Social Worker

George Fox University's Master of Social Work (MSW) degree will start with an inaugural cohort in fall 2015. The MSW builds on the successful foundation of the university’s Bachelor of Social Work program, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We will be the only faith-based school in Oregon to offer an MSW degree.

The mission statement of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is “to prepare graduates for worldwide leadership and service as social work professionals who integrate the values, knowledge and skills of social work and their own beliefs with the highest competence and ethical integrity within public and private human service organizations, faith communities, and religiously affiliated agencies.”

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 60-credit-hour program, with a 32-credit hour Advanced Standing alternative for qualified graduates of baccalaureate social work (BSW) programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The social work program prepares graduates for competent professional practice of social work. The foundation (first year) of masters in social work programs prepares graduates for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

In the second year, we prepare graduates for advanced levels of social work practice in direct practice and community practice. These concentrations are selected for their fit with the program’s assessment of its mission, the needs of its envisioned service area (local, regional, national and/or international), and the interests of prospective students.