12 months
716 USD/credit 24344 USD/year
716 USD/credit 24344 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


We prepare you for the full range of social work practice in the Social Work program of the University of Minnesota. The UMD Department of Social Work offers Advanced Generalist and Generalist programs that will prepare you for a wide range of social work roles.


Both programs are ideally suited for both urban and rural social work, and include a special focus on American Indian social services. Coursework in both the Generalist and Advanced Generalist program can be used to meet the educational requirements for becoming a clinical social worker in Minnesota and many other states.

  • You can self-select from three areas of study based on your interests:
  • Child welfare
  • Mental health/clinical social work
  • Macro/community-based social work practice.

What is unique about UMD’s MSW?

  • We offer a hybrid model of course delivery, meaning most students are only on campus 1 day a week, and the majority of courses are taught by Full Time Faculty.
  • We have a special commitment to American Indians with strong linkages to the American Indian community and specialized course content. UMD is also home to the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare, which offers stipends, coursework and other cultural and experiential learning opportunities in the Child Welfare field.
  • The Social Work program of the University of Minnesota allows the flexibility to pursue your areas of interest by tailoring electives and field placements.
  • Approximately 60% of our MSW students receive scholarships to help pay for their education.
  • Graduates find work as therapists and case managers, community organizers and administrators. Specialized courses and field placements are available in areas such as clinical and child welfare practice, and American Indian social services. Content on developing cultural competence is integrated across the curriculum.
  • We are a small, student-centered program with individualized faculty-student interaction. Our multi-racial/multi-gender faculty have expertise in serving culturally and socially diverse populations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Work with Diverse Populations
  • Advanced Practice in Child Welfare
  • Health in American Indian Communities
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Work with Diverse Populations
  • Advanced Practice in Administration and Community Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 SCH




Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

Get your student insurance now

Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at University of Minnesota and/or in United States, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The bachelor's degree should include a solid background in the liberal arts (courses in the arts, humanities, and behavioral and social sciences). Applicants should be knowledgeable about diverse cultures, social problems, social conditions, and the social, psychological, and biological determinants of human behavior
  • Completion of at least 6 semester credits (or 10 quarter credits) in two or more social science disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology or political science
  • Strong academic preparation as demonstrated by undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Biographical Information
  • Personal Background
  • Academic History
  • Test Scores – Upload TOEFL or IELTS scores if required
  • Employment
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    24344 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 716 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    24344 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 716 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Duluth

965 - 1380 USD /month
Living costs

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


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.

Our partners

Social Work
University of Minnesota


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!