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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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    Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

    Address complex health and social issues in rural and urban communities with a career as an advanced generalist social worker. UAA’s Master of Social Work is unique in its focus on social work in Alaska.

Explore the Master of Social Work degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Engage with individuals, families, communities and organizations to build and sustain social services for people and groups in need — particularly the diverse populations and communities in Alaska.

Social work scholarships and financial aid
You may qualify for scholarships, such as the Dove Kull Social Work Scholarship and Ella Craig/NASW Scholarship. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Professional licensure
By completing the M.S.W. program, you will be 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.

Distance delivery
The UAA M.S.W. 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 options
Enroll full time or part time to complete your degree in two or four years. An undergraduate degree in social work is not required for admission to the M.S.W. program. If you’ve earned a B.S.W. from a CSWE-accredited program, you can also apply for advanced standing to waive some of the course requirements and complete the degree more quickly.

Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work Dual Degree
The M.S.W./M.P.H. dual degree program develops expertise at the intersection of public health and social work. The goal of the program is to train leaders who have the skills and competencies to address many of the social and public health problems facing the state of Alaska, the nation and the world. The dual degree program is structured in a way that allows students to meet all the requirements for both programs. Through mutual agreement between the M.S.W. and M.P.H. programs, some courses will count toward graduation requirements in both programs, thus reducing the time it takes to complete the two degrees. For a full-time student, it would take a total of approximately three years, or nine semesters, to complete both.

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Degree Type:

  • Master

Program Length: One to four years


Accredited by: Council on Social Work Education

Other program options: M.S.W. and M.P.H. dual degree, specialization in school social work, graduate certificate in children’s mental health

Did you know..

UAA’s School of Social Work offers content and instruction in emerging areas of service delivery practice, such as training in violence reduction, team-based collaboration, the provision of assistance to veterans and the promotion of family resilience.

What can you do with a social work degree from UAA?

M.S.W. 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
  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal justice
  • Military and veterans
  • Tribal social services

Social work careers
UAA M.S.W. alumni have held a variety of leadership positions, including:

  • Director of state child welfare programs
  • Clinical director of family behavioral health services
  • Vice president of philanthropic programs
  • Clinical director of substance abuse services

By the numbers..

The UAA M.S.W. degree program ranking out of 220 social work master’s programs in the nation
U.S. News & World Report, 2016
UAA’s job placement rate for M.S.W. alumni within the first three months of graduation
UAA School of Social Work

Social work master’s degree program highlights

Integrating classroom learning, interactive technology and community-based field work, UAA’s M.S.W. program helps you gain core competencies relevant to practicing social work in Alaska and around the globe.

  • Gain hands-on experience working in a community agency. The UAA Master of Social Work program provides extensive first-hand work experience through field practicum placements that will prepare you for a career as an advanced generalist social worker.
  • Work with faculty on community-based research projects. Faculty have experience and expertise across multiple areas of practice. Some examples of their specialties include infant and early childhood mental health, child welfare, veterans, homelessness, food insecurity, poverty, family functioning, community development, service provision in rural Alaska, social work education and integrated behavioral health.
  • Make an even greater impact through civic engagement and service learning. You can actively engage in social issues while preparing for your future with opportunities for additional work experience, professional development and networking.
Students studying on laptops in a classroom.

Participate in the M.S.W. Student Coalition, a student-led group that strives to establish and foster connections between current M.S.W. students, the community and future students. Members are involved with a variety of activism efforts that benefit the entire community.

M.S.W. Student Coalition
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Faculty members are widely recognized experts in their fields, and include licensed practicing professionals, researchers and published authors.

Study with expert faculty
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Read highlights from M.S.W. and B.S.W. alumni in UAA Green & Gold News.

Social Work Student Spotlight

Master of Social Work degree program curriculum

The M.S.W. program curriculum has two components: the generalist curriculum and the advanced generalist curriculum. Coursework includes five sequences: social work practice, policy, human behavior in the social environment, research and field practicum.

Choose from electives covering a variety of topics, such as school social work, geriatric social work practice, children’s mental health, social work practice with military families, medical social work, telehealth and interpersonal violence.

Top classes for social work graduate students

  • Social Work Practice with Families and Groups
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Human Diversity in Social Work Practice