Become an agent for change in the Catholic tradition of mercy, charity, justice and peace

  •  #1 Catholic School of Social Work
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Flexible schedules on-campus and also available as a 100% Online learning option. Application fees are waived for online learners.
  • Links to over 450 agencies
  • Ideal for working professionals 
  • Scholarships are available

The Master of Social Work program at the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) seeks to prepare advanced practitioners who, consistent with their chosen concentrations, act as agents of change to promote individual and societal well-being. The goals of the MSW program, in keeping with the goals of the school and grounded in the liberal arts, ensure the education of social workers whose practice is rooted in traditional values and theory but is also current with the demands of the changing practice environment. The curriculum is designed so that all students in the MSW program will develop competencies as social work practitioners.

The MSW curriculum is comprised of foundation knowledge (30 credits) and advanced knowledge (30 credits). Its concentrations educate three types of advanced social work practitioners:

  1. clinical social workers who will be effective practitioners;
  2. those whose indirect practice reflects a depth and breadth of knowledge and skill for advanced policy analysis, planning and management, and community organization;
  3. unique practitioners who are capable of direct and indirect practice and who are also fully licensable as clinicians.

MSW students may complete the 60-credit MSW program within a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. During the graduate program, students complete 12 credits of field placement (two placements over four semesters) and 48 credits of course work.

Full-time students complete the 60-credit MSW program in two academic years. All part-time students must take at least six hours of academic credit per semester. All students must have completed or be concurrently registered for SSS 570, 571, 581 and 605 when registering for SSS 673; similarly, they must have completed or be concurrently registered for SSS 572, 582, 590 and 606 when registering for SSS 674.

Part-time students may have to take course(s) during summer sessions, depending on the number of credit hours taken during fall and spring semesters. While we make every effort to offer many courses during late afternoon and evening hours, it is imperative that students understand that they will not be able to complete the entire M.S.W. curriculum only during evening hours. Part-time students generally complete the MSW program within four to five years. Students in the part-time online clinical program generally complete the program in three and half years.

The National Catholic School of Social Service prepares social workers in the Catholic tradition of mercy, charity, justice and peace that is expressed in the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church.

  • Concentrations

    NCSSS offers three concentrations in the advanced level curricula: 1) the Clinical Concentration, 2) the Social Change Concentration, and 3) the Combined (clinical and social change) concentration.

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  • Field Education

    Field internship learning experiences are essential to the achievement of the objectives of the M.S.W. curriculum. In the M.S.W. program each student has the opportunity for a practicum/internship in two different agency or program settings.

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  • Curriculum

    As a MSW student, you can chose if you want to be a full-time or part-time student. Find out more about our foundation and advanced curriculum.

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  • Requirements

    The Master of Social Work degree is conferred upon students who have completed 60 credit hours, passed a foundation comprehensive examination, and written two scholarly papers. Find out more about our requirements.

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  • MSW instructor and student

    Master of Social Work (MSW) FAQ's

    A master's in social work opens doors. The questions and answers in this FAQ section will help you choose the MSW degree program that is right for you.

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  • M.S.W. Admission

    Through the admissions process, NCSSS seeks to enroll those who will be successful in the M.S.W. program, and effective and proficient as social work professionals

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