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Master of Social Work Program

You are called to effect change.

Whether at the individual or community level, Augsburg supports social workers in their pursuit of transformative care. Our commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression prepares social workers to enact change in a diverse and global society.

The MSW program builds on Augsburg’s 150-year history of service to the community, helping students connect their passions to the world’s greatest needs. Our hybrid-style classes and full- or half-time options offer financial flexibility, allowing you to learn at the pace and price that is right for you. Students benefit from the connection and in-person collaboration with peers and faculty while also having the convenience of engaging in online learning during the weeks classes are not held in person.


Program Mission

We strive to prepare exceptional social work professionals for anti-racist and anti-oppressive advanced social work practice that promotes intersectional racial and social justice in a diverse and global society.

Augsburg Master of Social Work Students Learn:

  • how individuals and groups interact with their environment;
  • how social policies and programs affect individuals, families, communities, and society;
  • how to use a range of client-centered approaches to practice with client groups of all types and sizes;
  • how to apply theories and methods of practice through the field placement experience;
  • the importance of practice informed by sound, scholarly research;
  • how to evaluate the effectiveness of your social work practice and of social work programs.

Our small class sizes of 10-20 allow us to stay student-centered and meet unique learning needs. Our full-time faculty care deeply about teaching and also pursue distinctive scholarship in their areas of expertise. Our strong pool of adjunct faculty draw on their experiences as innovative practitioners and administrators in agency-based settings.

Our field internships offer unique learning opportunities and experiences in both urban and rural settings and include opportunities in culturally diverse settings. Students also have the opportunity to engage in short-term study abroad experiences. Our faculty have led trips to Slovenia, China, Namibia/South Africa, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Denmark, Iceland, and more.

As an Augsburg MSW graduate, you will be better prepared to emphasize your clients’ strengths, solve problems within a holistic systems framework, and practice social work informed by sound research and evaluation.


The Augsburg University MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.


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