The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Northwest Nazarene University offers the working professional an opportunity to complete a master's degree through an extended program of study with classes being offered evenings and weekends. This program is ideal for those with work and/or family responsibilities. Students admitted at the Foundation level may complete their course work in two and one-half years (seven semesters) while students admitted at the Advanced Standing level may complete their course work in one and one-half years (four semesters). Please note that the MSW program goes year round and includes fall, spring, and summer semesters.
The program utilizes a cohort model for core courses and supports an interactive learning environment as well as collegiality throughout the student's course work. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for advanced social work practice in rural and small town settings, both domestic and international.
Three areas of concentration are offered: Community Mental Health Practice (this is the only one offered at our Twin Falls site), Medical Social Work Practice with Adults (ages 40 and up), and Addiction Studies. Beginning with the 2015/16 academic year, Addiction Studies will be integrated into the Community Mental Health Concentration and no longer be offered individually. Within each concentration, opportunities will be given to pursue areas of special interest and related projects.
The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.