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.
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 for a career that carries out the University’s mission by training students to serve in a wide variety of human service organizations, in which they 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.
- Hybrid Weekend Program
- One-Year Program Advanced Standing
- Two-Year Program Advanced Standing
- Two-Year Day Program
- Three-Year Day Program
- 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
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.
I am always prepared to share knowledge, to facilitate discussion and activities, to provide learning opportunities, and to evaluate the course and students’ effort.
Through knowledge, mentorship, and relationship, it is my goal to help my students not only be exceptional social workers but also better people.
Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.
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.
I strive to create a classroom environment built upon respect and dignity.
Our Students & Alumni
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.
Faculty members have 50+ years of combined experience in mental health, hospitals, family clinics, private practice, research, and nonprofit administration and over 40 years of combined teaching experience.