24 months
29864 USD/year
29864 USD/year
19754 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The central mission of the Social Work program of the University of Minnesota is the preparation of students for advanced social work practice and leadership in the following areas: clinical mental health; community practice; families and children; health, disability and aging.


Program Outline

Our Social Work program of the University of Minnesota places particular importance on preparing social work professionals—case managers, policy analysts, clinicians, and community organizers—to have a practical understanding of how power and privilege, and their opposites, shape the roles that all of us play in society.

We strive to create a learning environment that is diverse in all aspects, and we use this environment to help all students develop the sensitivity and skills necessary to work effectively in diverse communities.

Our MSW program offers a full-program option for students who have not completed a bachelor's in social work (BSW) or an advanced standing consideration for students who have completed a CSWE-accredited BSW degree in the last seven years and earned a grade of B or higher in their foundation courses. (Any foundation course that was graded a B- or below will have to be retaken in our program.) Students in both program options can choose from full- or part-time study.

Program highlights

Field instruction

Partnering with social work agencies around the Twin Cities and throughout neighboring states, the field instruction brings your classroom learning into practice. Field placement hour totals range from 600 to 960 hours, depending on your program option

Dual degrees

The school offers dual degree programs with two nationally recognized departments at the University of Minnesota–the School of Public Health and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The dual degrees offered are Master of Social Work/Master of Public Policy (MSW/MPP), Master of Social Work/Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MSW/MURP), Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH).

Curriculum grounded in social justice

Our program rests on the principle that a just society is one that provides for the basic human needs of all citizens and that all persons should have equal opportunities to share in society’s social, political, and economic goods.

Diverse student body

Our graduate students come from Minnesota, across the nation, and from around the world, giving the learning and research experience depth and breadth in lived experiences and perspectives. Our student body and environment helps all students develop the sensitivity and skills necessary to work in diverse communities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Historical Origins and Contemporary Policies in Social Welfare
  • Social Work Methods: Practice With Individuals and Systems
  • Social Work Practice Methods: Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice Methods: Macro Practice and Organizations
  • Assessment and Engagement in Clinical Social Work Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority Application Deadline: January 13, 2022


34 SCH
  • 34-53 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed by the time the student enrolls in the MSW Program. The degree does not need to be in social work
  • Potential for academic success demonstrated by an undergraduate record with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may wish to include a statement of extenuating circumstances with their application
  • A liberal arts background that includes course work in history and social sciences, the humanities and the arts, physical and biological sciences, and mathematics
  • One year of work experience in human services that has provided the applicant with opportunities to gain skills used in direct work with clients. Work experience may include paid, volunteer, and intern position
  • Personal statement
  • Formal academic writing sample
  • Extenuating circumstances statement (optional)
  • Résumé or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exams
  • Unofficial transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29864 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    29864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29864 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    19754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19754 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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