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We now offer an Online Program option that allows students to attend classes remotely via Zoom!

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program launched in Fall 2018 and was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in June 2021. Our MSW program prepares graduates for advanced clinical or forensic social work practice. Classes are held in the evening on the Pocatello campus or via Zoom for our online students. 

Applicants who have already earned a BA in Social Work can be admitted with Advanced Standing and complete the MSW in 34 credits (3 semesters full-time or 5 semesters part-time). Advanced Standing students should plan to begin their program in the summer semester. Applicants without a BA in Social Work can apply to our Standard Admission program and complete the MSW degree in 63 credits (5 semesters full-time or 8 semesters part-time). Standard Admission students should plan to begin their program in the fall semester.

The application deadline for Summer and Fall enrollment is March 1st, annually. There are no Spring admissions for the MSW program. Late applications will not be considered.  Applications are reviewed once per year, after the March 1st deadline. Applicants should not expect to hear back regarding admissions decisions until early April. 

Click on the Admission link for more information about applying to the program. Contact us at msw@isu.edu if you have any questions.



Idaho State University's Master of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

Accreditation of the Master of 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.

MSW Information Sessions

Coming soon!