My greatest hope as a social work educator is to light a fire for social justice in my students.
Clarke University offers multiple high-quality pathways to a Master of Social Work degree. Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is focused on integrated health social work practice with particular attention to rural areas.
Clarke’s social work program develops mindful, engaged social workers who are prepared to competently serve their communities, responsibility engage in advocacy, and compassionately work for justice.
Clarke’s program prepares students through academically rigorous coursework and provides rich field experiences in a wide variety of settings. The MSW program offers flexibility through a variety of pathways.
MSW Pathway Options:
- Advanced Standing Pathway (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time)
- Hybrid Weekend Pathway (3 years part-time)
- Traditional Weekday Pathway (2 years full-time, 3 years part-time)
- Articulation Pathway (variable: part-time or full-time)
- Fully accredited program
- 64 credit hours; 32 credits if entering as Advanced Standing
- Multiple pathway options
- Affordable program
- Financial aid available
- For course descriptions and more information, please see the Academic Catalog
Admission to Clarke University
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.
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 have found social work to be an immensely rewarding and yet significantly challenging career. My hope for students is to develop the skills and base of knowledge to find both fulfillment participating in the helping profession and the ability to overcome the challenges presented in it.
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.
Clarke has helped me learn the skills I need to be able to grow and explore my passions in the social work field. Clarke’s program has established my strong sense of advocacy, social justice, ethical responsibility, and devotion to the mental health field. I have and continue to use these skills to fight for my patients and make mental health a priority in my community.
Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.
Employment for social workers is projected to increase overall by 13% by 2029, and the need for health care, mental health, and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow at an even higher rate, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Median salary for a social worker in 2020.