Social Work

University of Nevada, Reno

Master On Campus Online
12 months
21006 USD/year
21006 USD/year
5352 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Social Work at University of Nevada, Reno is designed to prepare ethical, competent advanced generalist social work leaders who are able to practice reflectively and autonomously in complex environments across system levels with diverse client groups.


The Social Work program offered by University of Nevada, Reno prepares graduates to address questions, issues and problems across methods, systems, and fields of practice. 

The overarching goal of the MSW program at the foundation level is to introduce students to the social work perspective.

Students completing the foundation curriculum are not yet autonomous social work practitioners. They do have the skills, knowledge base, and perspective to pursue further studies in the concentration curriculum.

Graduates with Master of Social Work from University of Nevada, Reno will be able to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Structural Oppression 
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior 
  • Social Work Methods with Individuals 
  • Social Work Methods with Groups 
  • Social Work Methods with Organizations, Communities and Legislatures 
  • Social Work Methods with Couples and Families 
  • Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy 
  • Elements of Evidence Informed Practice
  • Advanced Multidimensional Assessment 
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Individuals 
  • Social Work Administration 
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Families 
  • Practice and Program Evaluation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

*Should January 15th fall on a weekend, application packets will be due by the end of business (5:00 pm P.S.T.) the last weekday BEFORE January 15th.




32 alternative credits

Total program units for the traditional MSW program for students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work (BSW) are 62 units


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements for the 62-credit MSW program of study include:

  • A non-social work bachelor’s degree (with substantial preparation in the liberal arts, including the social sciences, humanities, research, and human biology). A course in statistics AND research methods is required prior to beginning our MSW program.
  • Evidence of the ability to formulate and present material logically and clearly in written form.

Admission requirements for the 32-credit MSW Advanced Standing program of study include:

  • Graduation from a CSWE accredited baccalaureate program in social work.
  •  “B-” or higher in each social work course.
  • Documentation of outstanding performance in a BSW field experience under professional social work supervision.
  • All other requirements for admission as listed in the 62-credit program of study.
Applicants may be asked to schedule an interview with a faculty member as part of the screening process for admission to the MSW program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21006 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21006 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    5352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5352 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Social Work
University of Nevada, Reno


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