24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Work program at Southern Illinois University incorporates academic rigor with hands-on learning and field experience to prepare you for a fulfilling career in professional social work practice. You will be prepared to meet people’s social service needs through agencies and in various positions.


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Program Mission

The focus of the Social Work program at Southern Illinois University is the preparation of social work professionals with advanced skills in human behavior, social work practice, practice evaluation, policy, and critical thinking, with an emphasis on specialized training in Children, Youth and Families, School Social Work, and Health/Mental Health, and the ability to engage in ethical, responsible, and self-critical social work practice in public and private social service systems.

Mission (adopted by faculty, SIUC, September 17, 2008): The organizing principle of the MSW program is service to individuals, families, groups, and communities by enhancing their well being and promoting economic and social justice and human rights. The mission of the Master’s of Social Work Program is the educational preparation of graduate students for advanced social work practice in a concentration area (Children, Youth and Families, School Social Work, and Health/Mental Health). Student learning is based on competent, ethically-responsible professional practice with disadvantaged and diverse groups within state, national, international, and global contexts, with a special focus on rural areas. Special emphasis is placed on building scholarship and leadership capacities to serve as change agents within one’s area of practice and the larger social work profession.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Social Work: Generalist Policy and Practice
  • Families, Groups and Organizations in Social Work
  • Social Work Research
  • Legal Aspects of Social Work Practice
  • Program Evaluation for Social Work
  • Community Mental Health and the African-American
  • Women and Community Mental Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Advanced Standing - Summer only - February 1
  • Regular Two Year Program - Fall only - March 15


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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.

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