If you’re interested in pursuing a career that allows you to improve lives in a meaningful way, the Social Work major at Minnesota State University Moorhead may be for you. Our diverse curriculum helps you develop the knowledge and skills required in all facets of licensed generalist social work practice. Specifically, this degree will equip you to work closely with individuals, families, groups and organizations to solve clients' real-life personal challenges. It also helps you advance social and economic justice, and human rights in your community and on a global scale. In addition to classroom study, you will learn by examining professors’ real-world expertise and gain your own hands-on experience by completing a meaningful 480-hour internship prior to graduation. Following graduation, candidates must pass a licensing examination in the state in which you will practice.
MSUM is the 13th largest in size among undergraduate social work programs nationally, according to a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) survey.
On average 95 percent of MSUM social work graduates pass the national social work licensure examination on their first attempt. The national pass rate is 79 percent.
Global perspective beyond the classroom is embraced by faculty and enhanced with international study abroad trips focusing on social work and social welfare.
The MSUM School of Social Work is a member of the Child Welfare Consortium. Funds have been allocated for students planning to work in a child welfare setting upon graduation.
A 480-hour internship will ensure you’re prepared for entry-level licensed social work practice, graduate school or another successful career path you’re passionate about.
CSWE accreditation since 1973 helps MSUM uphold its outstanding regional reputation for its quality undergraduate Social Work program and community and regional service.
Social Work Student Success Stories
For Chloe Flynn, making valuable connections in MSUM’s SMART Start program helped ease the transition from high school to college.
Ashley and Christopher Johnson, Ph.D., MSW, established the Gayel Marie Saude Scholarship Fund in 2022. The scholarship provides up to $2,500 annually to support social work students.
Robert Nava, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at MSUM, writes about new master's programs that MSUM is adding in 2023.
Social Work students acquire practical, hands-on skills by completing two human service experiences and a 480-hour internship.