Program Details

Master of Social Work student listening in a classroom

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a nationally accredited 62-credit-hour program, with a 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing alternative for qualified graduates of baccalaureate social work (BSW) programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The social work program prepares graduates for competent professional practice of social work. The foundation (first year) of masters in social work programs prepares graduates for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

In the second year, we prepare graduates for advanced levels of social work practice in direct practice and community practice. These concentrations are selected for their fit with the program’s assessment of its mission, the needs of its envisioned service area (local, regional, national and/or international), and the interests of prospective students.


The George Fox MSW program has two advanced practice concentrations:

  • Direct Practice with Families, Children, Individuals and Groups
  • Community Practice (Organizations and Development)

These concentrations focus on important and needed areas of practice while also providing graduates with a great deal of flexibility in their future career paths.

Consistent with the university and program mission, infused into both concentrations will be themes related to:

  • The ethical integration of personal beliefs and competent professional practice
  • Working effectively with diverse spiritual and religious beliefs, practices and organizations
  • Meeting human needs and seeking social justice locally, nationally and globally

Location and Schedule

MSW classes are held at the Portland Center.

Classes are held at the Portland Center primarily during the day Tuesdays and Thursdays, with seminars scheduled in the evenings. Field work is done largely on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.