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 mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to prepare students for professional social work practice responsive to the challenges and resources present in rural areas in general and indigenous communities in particular, and to present local historical and contemporary social issues within a global perspective. The MSW Program is designed to help meet (1) the immediate need in northern coastal California and (2) the growing need in public, private and tribal social service agencies in the United States for advanced generalist social work professionals.  For full MSW Program mission and goals, view the MSW Handbook in box to the right.

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.

We have an exciting and dynamic program that we have set up to meet the professional educational needs of future social workers. Our program is an advanced generalist program that has a specific focus on social work practice within rural and Native American Communities. Please email our Admissions Coordinator for any assistance you may need: or (707) 826-5350.