Master of Social Work

Per Credit Hour

3 Years


No GRE/GMAT Required to Apply

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Support the needs and dignity of all people. Become an ethical, collaborative practitioner, community leader and researcher who uses critical thinking skills, engages in multi-level practice and understands diversity.

Learn how you can successfully create change at the interpersonal, community and policy levels amidst a shifting economic and socio-political base that includes diverse and at-risk populations.

Prepare to create new or better programs and resources for clients and communities. You’ll learn how to develop and analyze policy and become a research practitioner so you can develop successful evidence-based practices.

Sometimes, the resources and services you need to connect clients to don’t exist, especially in more rural communities. You’ll learn how to create and deliver successful, innovative programs while understanding the culture and politics of a rural community.

In your first year of study, you’ll study values, ethics, diversity, at-risk populations, social and economic justice, individual, family and group counseling, human behavior, welfare policy, and research and gain experience in a practicum.

In your second year of study, you’ll deepen your knowledge and experience in direct practice, social policy analysis, program evaluation and organizational leadership while you work with a faculty advisor to develop a professional portfolio.

Graduate ready to respond to the complex social, political, cultural and economic contexts of social work in a region that encompasses both rural communities and urban areas to promote the rights of people and create a more humane society.

There’s no GRE required to apply, but you will need:

  • Transcripts from all schools
  • Two essay questions related to the social justice mission
  • 3.0 GPA

We accept up to 30 credits from MSW or graduate credits in another discipline, as relevant.

Become an Integrated Practitioner

Continually self-reflect and examine the values and assumptions that shape social work.

Combine skills in direct practice and community work and bridge multiple levels of intervention.

Empower individuals and groups and strengthen programs.

Use multiple perspectives to understand the possibilities for social-justice-oriented action.

Bring research, policy analysis and advocacy to practice.

Advocate for policies and practices that promote local and global social justice.

Prepare for a Successful Career

Become a Licensed
Addictions Counselor

Qualify to take Montana’s LAC exam

Substance Abuse

25% job growth | $46,240/yr.*

Become a Licensed
Clinical Social Worker

Qualify to take the LCSW exam

Clinical Social

13% job growth | $50,470/yr.*

About the University of Montana

Think critically. Live ethically. Explore creatively. Communicate effectively. These are the ideals to which our students, faculty, researchers and staff aspire. We set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large.

Our MSW program educates you to these ideals as they apply to social work. By graduation, you can use your knowledge of research, policy and advocacy to work in diverse social work arenas.

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