Master of Social Work

  • Up to 30% in tuition savings

  • Flexible online learning options available 24/7

  • Earn your MSW in as few as 2 years

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program at Chamberlain University is aimed at developing and empowering students to be agents of social change in their communities and throughout the world.

Tracks responsive to the needs of the industry and communities

Flexible online learning options available 24/7

Learn from recognized social justice leaders active in the field

Receive up to 30% in tuition savings on MSW coursework*

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Chamberlain's MSW eBook Guide

Whether you are exploring how to become a social worker or looking for opportunities to be an agent of change, this MSW eBook guide was created to assist you in answering all of the questions that may be on your mind as you consider options for fulfilling your passions

Master of Social Work Curriculum

Our MSW degree program is designed to meet students where they are in their professional journey, which is why we offer both advanced standing and traditional options, along with three tracks. Our MSW degree program has now been granted candidacy status by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and we’ve entered the next phase to accreditation.  

Traditional Option

Traditional Option is for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree. The option can be completed in as few as 2 years at a full-time pace, or 3 years at a part-time pace.

Advanced Standing Option

Advanced Standing Option is for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program within the last 5 years, or a degree in social work more than 5 years ago, but have an active social work license in good standing. The option can be completed in as little as 1 year at a full-time pace, or in as few as 2 years at a part-time pace.


Tracks within our MSW degree program allow students to customize their learning to help meet their professional goals. The tracks are designed to deliver a focused learning experience, giving students the opportunity to master a specific area within social work that they are passionate about. In addition, the tracks directly respond to contemporary issues affecting at-risk and marginalized populations, communities, organizations and institutions. Students may choose to specialize in any of the following areas:

Crisis and Response Interventions

Crisis social workers help vulnerable populations with crisis de-escalation, emotion management, and therapeutic techniques


Trauma social workers generally help clients cope with traumatic events in their lives through a combination of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing

Medical Social Work

Medical social workers help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or healthcare.

Is the MSW Degree Program Accredited?


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Phi Alpha Honor Society

Chamberlain University is proud to be the Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Phi Alpha is social work’s internationally recognized honor society and is certified by the Association of College Honor Societies. With membership, eligible students can enjoy a number of benefits including:

  • a vast network of professionals passionate about social work
  • volunteer and humanitarian opportunities
  • access to social work grants and awards
  • national presentation opportunities

For more information, contact our Admissions team at 888.556.8226, option 1.

Meet Our Faculty

Chamberlain's Master of Social Work program is led by diverse, active faculty who serve as thought leaders and experts in the social work field. With many years of experience and a passion for making a global impact, our faculty are dedicated to ensuring our students have a meaningful experience throughout the program. 

Social workers care. They care about people, their families, communities. Social workers dedicate themselves to service, to making this world a more just, fair and safe place for all.
Stacey Borasky Ferguson, EdD, MSW Dean, Master of Social Work (MSW)


*Chamberlain reserves the right to admit candidates with social work licensure from countries outside the U.S. where equivalent standards can be demonstrated. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis according to the general academic principles of integrity outlined by the Academic Standards committee in the view of the policies regulated by the Council of Social Work Education.



Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Chamberlain University confers online degrees from its Main Campus in Addison, IL.

See accreditation and state authorization information or view a full list of program approvals by state.

Chamberlain University’s Master of Social Work Program has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy 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.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.