Earn Your Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree

The Master of Social Work (MSW) at UMSL is a two-year program that 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. 


Application Deadlines

The application deadline for Spring admission is October 15th of the previous year. 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

The Master of Social Work program helps graduate students advance their careers in social welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, social action and community organizations, daycare, and geriatric rehabilitation, and residential centers.

The demand for social workers will increase 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making social work an in-demand career with meaning.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

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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