Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

Masters Degree in Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program emphasizes advanced generalist practice in rural and Indigenous communities. The program teaches students how to achieve a disciplined, compassionate presence to a caring and ethical practice.

The goals of the MSW Program are to:
1.  Prepare students for professional social work practice responsive to the challenges and resources present in rural areas in general and indigenous communities in particular.
2.  Present local historical and contemporary social issues within a global perspective.

For further information on the MSW Program goals please view the MSW Handbook in box to the right.

The MSW curriculum exposes students to the diversity of cultures and the biological, psychological, familial, social, historical, economic, spiritual and political factors that influence distinct and common paths of development among individuals, groups and societies with particular attention to diversity within rural and Native American communities.

Students develop a framework for practice guided by personal and professional values and ethics. Culturally humility, compassion, partnership, empowerment, non-expert relational paradigms, critical reflection and social action for justice are the concepts that form the foundation for learning and developing social work practice at Humboldt State University. The program prepares students for advanced generalist practice which emphasizes multi-system, multi-level approaches in which practitioners and clients work in collaboration to enhance the functioning and resilience within systems through building on existing strengths.

The MSW program at Humboldt State is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW program offers a full-time, two-year course of study and an advanced standing one-year program for candidates with an accredited undergraduate degree in social work. A 3.5 year part-time MSW program is also offered as well as a 2 year part-time advanced standing MSW program through online course work. For more information regarding the online courses of study, please visit our Distributed Learning pages.

Please email our Admissions Coordinator for any assistance you may need: or (707) 826-5350.