Masters Degree in Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is an advanced generalist with an emphasis on working in rural and Indigenous communities. The program teaches students how to achieve a disciplined, compassionate presence to a caring, and ethical practice.

The goals of the MSW Program are to:
1.  Prepare students for professional social work practice responsive to the challenges and resources present in rural areas and indigenous communities.
2.  Present local, historical, and contemporary social issues within a global perspective.

The program prepares students for advanced generalist practice which emphasizes multi-system, multi-level approaches in which practitioners and clients work in collaboration to enhance the functioning and resilience within systems through building on existing strengths.  

Students develop a framework for practice guided by personal and professional values and ethics. Cultural humility, compassion, partnership, empowerment, non-expert relational paradigms, critical reflection, and social action for justice are the concepts that form the foundation for learning and developing social work practice at Humboldt State University. 

The MSW program at Humboldt State is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW program offers a full-time, two-year course of study and an advanced standing one-year program for candidates with an accredited undergraduate degree in social work. A 3.5 year part-time MSW program is also offered as well as a 2-year part-time advanced standing MSW program through online course work. Students in the online program must live in the state of California while they are in the social work program.


The HSU MSW curriculum meets the California Board of Behavioral Sciences course work requirements for licensure.

The BBS of California LCSW 


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