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Master of Social Work


Master of Social Work


Become Empowered. And Empower Others.

Are you ready to take the next step in your professional life … to go further in helping others reach higher … to expand your knowledge and refine your skills to affect positive change?

If so, then the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Bridgewater State University is for you. This challenging program can prepare you for advanced social work practice to enhance the lives of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Designed for professionals working within strengths-based, biopsychosocial practice models, the MSW program examines the profession’s history, purpose and philosophy, and explores systems across multiple levels that promote values of social justice and positive advancement.

Program Highlights

The MSW program produces graduates who have a lifetime commitment to upholding human rights, respecting human diversity and working towards social justice in their professional and personal lives. As a graduate, you will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of public and private settings, including child welfare, youth services, mental health and counseling agencies, schools, criminal justice organizations, and medical settings such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The MSW program offers you:

  • A wide range of internship opportunities in Greater Boston
  • Diverse faculty with extensive experience in a variety of social work settings
  • Strong clinical training with interdisciplinary knowledge base
  • Full- and part-time program options
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Advanced standing option (for graduates of CSWE-accredited BSW programs only)
  • Professional leadership skills and development
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

The Curriculum

The MSW program is a 62-credit program that combines classroom learning and field education to prepare graduates for work with a wide array of client systems. Through full time (two-year), part-time (four-year) or advanced standing (two-year) options, the program offers a concentration in advanced direct practice, with an emphasis on clinical work with individuals, families, groups and communities. The curriculum is shaped by four ideals: the enhancement of critical thinking; the professional use of self-based or advanced social work values, knowledge and skills; a dedication to the tradition of promoting social and economic justice and equality; and a commitment to individual, family, group and community well-being.

Bridgewater State University's Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Field Education – Real-Life Experience, Making a Real Difference.

Field education is a unique and essential part of the learning experience in the MSW program. It’s where classroom learning comes alive, providing you with countless opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to real life situations – as well as to explore career choices and assess your own special interests.

Bridgewater State University’s School of Social Work offers a rich partnership with students and agencies across the state, providing internship opportunities involving elder issues, child and family services, health/mental health concerns and criminal justice matters. Field placements include mental health clinics, psychiatric and medical hospitals, community health centers, schools, prisons and criminal justice systems, nursing homes, substance abuse treatment programs and child welfare agencies. Administrators and field coordinators will work closely with you to identify placements that best meet your particular learning needs and professional interests.

Bridgewater State University is a member of the New England Consortium of Graduate Social Work Field Education (NECON).

“The relatively small size of Bridgewater’s social work program and its affordability appealed to me. The clinical aspect was also a draw. Even though I did not want to be a clinician, I felt that to serve any population in any capacity, I must have a clinical understanding of human nature. Also, Bridgewater’s MSW program always ties the academic piece to the reality piece.”

April Connolly, G’08
Master of Social Work
Client Services Manager, Father Bill’s and MainSpring, Brockton

April is the client services manager at Father Bill’s and MainSpring, a homeless and housing service agency. She supervises a staff of case managers, acts as agency representative to all outside providers and oversees solutions to any issues unresolved by staff.


You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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To learn more about the
Master of Social Work Programs, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300

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