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MSW Program

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MSW students Janet Wiley (left) and Rachel Schweitzer (right) present research at the SIUE Graduate School Symposium.

The Department of Social Work offers a curriculum leading to the Master of Social Work degree with Micro and Macro concentrations. The program of study is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the profession's accrediting agency. (See Appendix A, CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.) The Department of Social Work also offers post-MSW courses in preparation for School Social Work certification in the State of Illinois.

The Master of Social Work program prepares students for entering graduate social work practice. Graduates of the MSW program are eligible to take the Licensed Social Worker examination or, after at least two years of supervised clinical practice, the Licensed Clinical Social Worker examination through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Information concerning these examinations can be found at The program emphasizes the educational preparation of students for advanced social work practice as community-based professionals to work with and on behalf of under served and at-risk populations.

The program's primary intended applicants are persons already working in social services without the master's degree, persons with undergraduate preparation in social work, and persons with degrees in other fields seeking to work in the social service area. The program seeks to admit a well-qualified and diverse group of students whose stated professional interests and goals are congruent with the program's mission of service to oppressed and under-served populations. Opportunities for effective student interaction within a diverse population are vital to preparing students for their future responsibilities with people at-risk in a highly complex environment. The variety of perspectives that emerge in the classroom from differences in racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender identity and from different life experiences enhance the ability of students to be sensitive and responsive to diversity, thus enhancing the learning of all students.The MSW program is a full or part-time evening program.

Mission and Goals


The Mission of the MSW program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department is to promote social and economic justice and enhance social well-being through the provision of quality graduate education, excellence in scholarship, and collaboration in community service.


1. Prepare ethical professional social work leaders to engage in culturally competent practice.

2. Contribute to social work knowledge base about social issues and their resolution, especially those affecting vulnerable populations.

3. Support social and economic development in the metropolitan region through public service with community agencies.

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