Master of Social Work Program

  • Master of Social Work Program

    The mission of the UAA Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to prepare advanced generalist social workers who address health and social issues in Alaska. Alaska’s unique and rich multicultural populations, geographic remoteness, and frontier status allow the real potential for skilled social work professionals to make a profound impact on social, economic, and environmental injustice in our state.

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The University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Social Work program is a distance-delivered, advanced generalist MSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education that prepares graduates for clinical social work practice, policy practice, and social work leadership. The advanced generalist concentration is the ideal curriculum model to meet the significant and complex workforce needs of Alaska. The advanced generalist curriculum is divided into the generalist curriculum and the advanced generalist curriculum, and it includes six course sequences across the curriculum: 1) social work practice, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion, 3) policy, 4) human behavior in the social environment, 5) research, and 6) field practicum. The generalist curriculum prepares students to engage in generalist social work practice, and the advanced generalist curriculum prepares students to engage in advanced generalist practice. Graduates of the MSW program are eligible to pursue the Master Social Worker license (LMSW) or the Clinical Social Worker license (LCSW) through the State of Alaska’s Board of Social Work Examiners.

MSW alumni work with people across the lifespan in a wide variety of service delivery systems, including:

  • child and adult behavioral health
  • child welfare
  • gerontology
  • medical social work
  • school social work
  • juvenile justice
  • criminal justice
  • military and veterans
  • tribal social services
  • disability services
  • policy advocacy
  • organizational leadership

Why choose Master of Social Work at UAA? 

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In 2020, UAA MSW graduates who took the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exam for the first time had a 100% pass rate.

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Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, complete the UAA MSW program in as little as 12 months with full-time and part-time availability, as well as an Advanced Placement program.

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 Gain hands-on experience working in a community agency. Our MSW program provides extensive first-hand work experience through field practicum placements that will prepare you for a career as an advanced generalist social worker.

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The UAA MSW program is distance-delivered, allowing students to access the program from anywhere in Alaska and to connect with fellow students from rural and urban communities across the state.

Program Locations

  • 100% Distance-Delivered: Students may join the program from anywhere in Alaska, but students must be physically present in Alaska while completing the MSW program.

Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 

 

Catalog: Master of Social Work

 

Catalog: Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health Dual Degree

 


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Message from the Program Coordinator

On behalf of the other social work faculty, I want to express how excited we all are in your interest in social work. We teach because we are passionate about education and hope that our enthusiasm translates to the classroom. Even if you are not sure you have an interest in social work, we encourage you to take one of our introductory courses to find out. And if you do choose to major in a different field, our social work program still offers a variety of thought-provoking courses (with easy to satisfy prerequisites) that might be helpful to your chosen degree or that you may just want to take because you are interested in the topic. Whatever your interest in social work, we are here and happy to help.

 

 

— Mary Dallas Allen, Ph.D, MSW

 

Contact Us

(907) 786-6900
uaa_socialwork@alaska.edu

Physical Address
UAA School of Social Work
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr, Suite 234
Anchorage, AK 99508

Mailing Address
UAA School of Social Work
3211 Providence Dr, PSB 234
Anchorage, AK 99508