Master of Social Work

At a Glance

2 Years Traditional program length
9 Months Advanced Standing program length
12-18 Students per class


In-person, full-time


Portland Center (near Tigard)

Semester Credit Hours

62 (32 for Advanced Standing)

Cost per semester credit hour


Tuition cost for entire program

$47,740* ($24,640* for Advanced Standing)

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.


For the Underserved and Marginalized

a social worker sits with a parent and their daughter

In what ways will you use your training and empathy to bring resources, support and hope to those who could use it the most? How will you leverage your passion for social justice to increase opportunities for vulnerable, marginalized and underserved individuals and communities?

These are the kinds of questions you’ll consider in our Master of Social Work (MSW) program. How you answer them will help guide your path as you combine what you learn with your compassion for others to promote justice, equity and inclusion in real-world situations.

CSWE Accreditation

George Fox University's 62-credit-hour MSW program builds on the successful foundation of the university’s Bachelor of Social Work program, both of which are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We are one of only three Oregon MSW programs and the only Christian school in Oregon to offer this degree.

While our MSW degree prepares you directly for field work, we also offer a diversified and customizable experience that will open up a world of options and opportunities because of the foundational training we provide.

What can you do with a Master of Social Work degree?

The scope of employment for those with a master of social work degree is more versatile than you might think. Yes, you can become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), but a graduate degree in social work opens up a world of options, thanks to foundational training that prepares graduates to work in a variety of interdisciplinary fields.

Learn more about how an MSW distinguishes you among the rest

What Distinguishes Us

A passion for service. A commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice. The integration of spirituality. These are the foundational pillars of our master of social work program.

Put simply, we prioritize social work’s core values, which include:

These values, along with the specific addition of spirituality, create a unique social work education program. We truly believe in exploring with others the wholeness and full context of the human experience. 

The intersection of working with individuals in their environments affords social workers a broader sphere of influence. It is in this space that we invite you to join us as we advocate for movement toward a more just society. 

Program Details

We prepare graduates for competent professional practice of social work, with the first year focused on generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

In the second year, you will choose between two advanced levels of social work practice:

These concentrations allow you to customize your degree and provide flexibility for your future career path.

Learn more about specializations

Note: The MSW program is transitioning to an advanced generalist curriculum model for fall 2022. The above specializations will continue to be offered until that time. However, both areas of practice will continue to be addressed in an advanced generalist approach to masters-level social work education.


The MSW program is a 62-credit-hour program, with a 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing alternative for qualified graduates of accredited BSW programs. Students also complete 448 to 560 field internship hours each year.

Note: More detailed information on the program is available in the student handbook PDF.

Advanced Standing

Finish faster if you already have a bachelor's degree in social work. Our 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing program enables you to earn an MSW full time in nine months. You must have a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from George Fox or another CSWE-accredited program to apply for admission.

msw tsudent talks with a community member

Field Internships

Our program includes field internships in social service agencies and programs that match your choice of concentration and your area of professional interest. Internships are arranged through the program, so you don’t have to secure them on your own.

Field internship settings include school, medical, veteran, faith-based, community mental health and residential agencies.

Spiritual Integration

Our students are trained to understand how various religious and spiritual worldviews and practices, including the Christian worldview, influence the way they practice within the social work profession.

Learn more about spiritual integration in the MSW program

The Be Known Promise

At George Fox, you will not be a “number.” Our small classes ensure you will be known by name by both your professors and peers. It’s all part of the university’s Be Known promise.

What is the significance of the Be Known promise in the context of social work? Whether we are speaking about our MSW students or the clients they will eventually serve, we believe that the primary factor in their success is the quality of the relationships they have with their guides, be they academic or therapeutic.

Being authentically known – personally, academically and spiritually – is crucial to change because when students feel what it’s like to be known in this way, they become inspired – and can, in turn, inspire others.

Our Faculty

Our diverse faculty specializes in a wide range of research interests, including working with children and families, grief, older adults, criminal justice, and international social work. They are committed to preparing competent, ethical social workers who practice with integrity, value the dignity and worth of all people, and advocate for marginalized and vulnerable individuals and communities.

Meet Our Faculty

Kyra Brown

Kyra Brown, MSW, CSWA

School social worker, Beaverton School District

I wanted an accredited MSW program where I could get the education and field experience I needed. I didn’t originally select George Fox due to it being a faith-based program, but found that it pushed me to learn how to discuss these topics in my experiences with social work. This is a unique skill set that I think only George Fox MSW students gain.


Kristie DeHaven

Kristie DeHaven

Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Degree Admissions

Admissions Counselor, Master of Social Work