Graduate Programs

Master of Social Work

Goshen College - Bluffton University

Earn an MSW online at Goshen College!

Goshen College, in partnership with Bluffton University, is proud to offer the Master of Social Work, designed to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills required to meet the mental health needs of our communities. Specializing in mental health and emphasizing anti-racism and anti-oppressive practices, the MSW at Goshen College offers students a holistic approach to the field of social work. The MSW program also prepares students to integrate spiritual and religion into practice and to positively connect with and assist clients of diverse backgrounds.

Now, more than ever, our communities are in need of trained social workers. “Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. About 74,700 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Join us for one of our monthly, online MSW Explorer Information Sessions to learn more:

  • Thursday, April 13, 2023 — 7:30 p.m.

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Learn to help people function to the best of their abilities in their environment.

Program Format

Courses will be offered online through frequent group and individual Zoom sessions, as well as recorded lectures. Field placement requirements can be fulfilled at a location near you. Goshen College aims to offer the MSW starting in Fall 2023.

The number of credit hours for degree completion is dependent on the student’s background. Students holding a BSW may be able to be admitted with advanced standing and complete the program in 1-2 years. Students admitted at the foundation level can complete the program in 2-4 years.

Number of credit hours:

Student’s undergraduate degree

# of credit hours for MSW    


Types of courses to take

BSW from a CSWE-accredited program within the last 10 years 30 Advanced standing Specialized courses only
Undergraduate degree other than BSW from any accredited institution 57 Foundation Generalist + specialized courses

Field placement:

Field placement requirements will generally be fulfilled at an organization near you. All MSW students must complete 900 clock hours in field placements.
Students who enter the MSW program with advanced standing may bring in 400 hours from their BSW field placement. Therefore, they may complete field placement with an additional 500 hours.

Students who enter the MSW program at the foundation level must complete 400 hours as part of their generalist course work, and another 500 hours in their specialized course work, for a total of 900 hours.

Cost and Financial Aid (2023-24)

Tuition per credit hour for 2023-24: $500

Graduate students must take a minimum of three semester hours to be eligible for loans.

Goshen College offers a 10% discount on tuition for post-baccalaureate programs to students that have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Goshen College. Learn more at

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For more information, contact:

Jeanette Harder

MSW Program Director
Professor of Social Work

The MSW program is approved by the states of Indiana and Ohio, and the Higher Learning Commission. The MSW program has applied for pre-candidacy for accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), with the intention to achieve accreditation by Spring 2026. According to CSWE, “Students admitted during or after the academic year in which the program is granted candidacy will be recognized as having graduated from an accredited program, once the program is fully accredited.” The MSW program expects to be granted candidacy in the 2023–2024 academic year.