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
Minnesota State University Moorhead alum Chris Johnson proudly serves area women as leader of The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead.
"House Hunters" featured MSUM alumni Poonam Budhiraja (2012, Broadcast Journalism and Film Studies), Jerry Griggs (2016, Business Administration and Management) and Alexa Dixson-Griggs (2015, Social Work) as Budhiraja showed the local couple houses to fit their growing family.
Thanks to a collaboration between the Women’s Center and the College of Business, Analytics and Communication, five MSUM students had the opportunity to attend their National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) virtually earlier this spring.
Social Work students acquire practical, hands-on skills by completing two human service experiences and a 480-hour internship.