Earn Your Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree

The Master of Social Work (MSW) at UMSL prepares its graduates for professional social work practice. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and values for direct social work practice with individuals, families, and older adults or the knowledge, skills, and values to effectively manage and lead human service agencies. Social justice principles guide graduates in their practice at all levels of intervention, particularly with persons who are oppressed because of their color, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical or mental ability. 

UMSL’s MSW program is now offered in a new hybrid online/in-person format that offers the greater flexibility of online learning while still providing important in-person classroom interaction with our award-winning scholars, researchers and top practitioners.

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Interested in learning more? Join us for a virtual information session.

If you're interested in learning more about the MSW, please sign up for one of our upcoming information sessions via Zoom.  You'll hear from the MSW program director who will share details about the degree program and answer all your questions.  Select a date below to register:

Thursday, September 28 at 5pm

Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm

Friday, December 1, 2023 at 2pm

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 2pm

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline for Spring admission is October 15th. However, applications received by December 1st will be reviewed for Spring enrollment as space allows. The deadline for Fall admission is March 1st of the same year. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be received by the School of Social Work by that date.

Program Features

Add a Certification to Your MSW

Some MSW students see to enhance their education with additional graduate certification in areas related to Social Work. The following graduate certificate programs can be completed with some courses taken toward our MSW degree. In some cases, additional hours outside of the MSW coursework may be required.

Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies

Non-Profit Leadership and Management

Prevention of Family Violence

Outcomes & Career Outlook

Earning a Master of Social Work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will position you to apply the emotional intelligence and understanding that social workers possess while gaining the knowledge, skills and values you need to enter the workforce as a direct service provider; a clinician in a healthcare, clinical or therapeutic setting; a director of a human service organization; an entrepreneur of social innovation or an advocate for systemic change.

Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow up to 12% to 2031, with a median annual salary of $74,000, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Information Network.



Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2031

Career Opportunities

  • Case Manager
  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
  • Employment Specialist
  • Family Services Worker
  • Foster Care Specialist
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Housing Specialist
  • Probation Officer
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Social Service Coordinator
  • Youth Service Worker

Important Resources

Our BSW and MSW programs are both fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
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