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 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.
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.
- Advanced Standing Program (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time)
- Hybrid Weekend Program (part-time)
- Traditional Day Program (2 years full-time, 3 years part-time)
- Articulation Program (part-time or full-time)
- Fully accredited program
- 64 credit hours; 32 credits if entering as Advanced Standing
- Multiple pathway options
- Affordable program
- No GRE required
- Financial aid available
- For course descriptions and more information, please see the Academic Catalog
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.
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.
I am honored to be able to teach Clarke students. Working with students on a daily basis is inspiring. My goal is that through relationship, collaboration and interactive teaching methods, students will gain knowledge, build professional and personal skills, and fall in love with Social Work.
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.
Employment for social workers is projected to increase overall by 11% by 2028, 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.
Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.
Clarke’s MSW graduates boast a 100% licensure exam pass rate and a 100% job placement rate.