School of Social Work

Master's Degree in Social Work

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ONLINE Master of Social Work Program

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MSW Admission Overview Sessions 2022 - Coming Soon!

The School of Social Work will be hosting Zoom admissions information sessions monthly.

If you cannot make one of the sessions below, please contact Dr. Cyndi Hovland, MSW Program Coordinator, at for an individual appointment.

Tuesday, October 4th
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register here
or 6 -7 p.m. Register here
Wednesday, October 26th
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register here
or 6 -7 p.m. Register here
Monday, November 7th
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register here
or 6 -7 p.m. Register here
Tuesday, November 22nd
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register here
or 6 -7 p.m. Register here
Tuesday, December 6th                                                                                       11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register here                                                                     or 6 -7 p.m. Register here

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are open. The priority application deadline for traditional Fall 2023 start is 2/28/2023.

The Program

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is administered by the School of Social Work in the College of Health at Cleveland State.

The mission of the Master's Degree in Social Work program is to prepare students for specialized, advanced-level, self-critical, accountable and autonomous practice with oppressed, at-risk and vulnerable populations. The program provides a rigorous intellectual base, an opportunity for effective skill development and an educational perspective that views human diversity as desirable and enriching to society. Students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values appropriate to the social work profession, the conceptual base of professional social work, the broad-based research strategies of the field and the various social work roles and intervention strategies used in social work practice.

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Program Options and Admission Requirements

Visit the MSW Program options and admission requirements link for more details.

Program Requirements

The Traditional MSW Program requires 60 graduate credits of approved courses in social work. The Advanced Standing Program requires 30 credits.

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    Please note: The School of Social Work is located in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

MSW Student Handbook & Field Practicum Manual

Common Advising Documents

Contact Information

Cleveland State University
School of Social Work
2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower, 1417
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: 216-687-3520
Fax: 216-687-5590