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Master of Social Work

Clarke’s MSW program develops mindful, engaged social workers who are prepared to competently serve their communities, responsibly engage in advocacy, and compassionately bend the arc of the universe towards justice.

The demand for trained social workers will increase by 16% through 2026 and the need for mental health and medical workers are even greater. Clarke University is the first private college in Iowa to develop high-quality pathways for a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Clarke’s MSW will prepare you to serve in a wide variety of human service organizations. You’ll impart the values of service, social justice, and social responsibility to the mental health and medical needs of society. These values are carried out with a commitment to diverse groups, inter-professional care, and service to rural populations.

Clarke’s program prepares students through academically rigorous coursework and provides rich field experiences in a wide variety of settings. The MSW offers flexibility in scheduling to work with your needs as a student whether you need part-time, full-time, weekdays, or weekends.

MSW Pathway Options:

  • Hybrid Weekend Program
  • One-Year Program Advanced Standing
  • Two-Year Program Advanced Standing
  • Two-Year Day Program
  • Three-Year Day Program
Follow your dream with Clarke University's MSW program.

Program Details

  • Fully accredited program
  • 64 credit hours; 32 credits if entering as Advanced Standing*
  • Multiple format options
  • Affordable program
  • No GRE required
  • Preferred licensed professional degree for all social services agencies
  • Financial aid available
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Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. You need to submit the graduate application form along with a series of other required documents and complete an interview.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know you by your first name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Regina Boarman, Ph.D.

Regina Boarman, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Social Work Director of the MSW Program

My responsibility is to listen carefully to each student, teach and guide, and in all things to be consistent with my expectations, and my presence emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.

Mary Gitau, Ph.D.

Mary Gitau, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work

I am always prepared to share knowledge, to facilitate discussion and activities, to provide learning opportunities, and to evaluate the course and students’ effort.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

My enthusiasm for my students’ ideals and potential, I hope, provides encouragement and inspiration for them to believe in themselves and begin to impact the world around them.

Tara Velez, MSW

Tara Velez, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work; Director of Field Education

I strive to create a classroom environment built upon respect and dignity.

Catherine Byrne Hall

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Amy Duehr

Amy Duehr

Master of Social Work '16

Earning my master’s degree in social work has made a huge difference in my life. I was able to get a new career, and I set a positive example for my kids.

Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein

Master of Social Work '17

I am going beyond the classroom and the textbook, and am making decisions that have an impact on lives. Nothing makes an experience more real than knowing that the right decision can have a lasting positive effect.

Dedra Tentis

Dedra Tentis

MSW Current Student

“I retired from teaching and the military and decided I want to counsel veterans, so I joined Clarke’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. I love the flexibility of the weekend-hybrid program. The faculty bring real-life experiences into their teaching and the coursework is meaningful.

25 %
Career growth

Employment for social workers is expected to increase overall by 25%, and the need for mental health and medical social workers is expected to be even greater, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Faculty to student ratio

Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.

100 %
pass rate

Clarke’s MSW graduates boast a 100% licensure exam pass rate and a 100% job placement rate.


Clarke University’s Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


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