Goshen College launching new Master of Social Work degree program

Beginning in Fall 2023, Goshen College will offer a highly interactive, online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program, conducted in partnership with Bluffton University.

“Goshen College is excited to offer this in-demand degree to students in our community and across the country,” Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “The holistic approach will prepare graduates to connect with diverse clients and lead the profession of social work.  Our strong partnership with Bluffton University will offer students an excellent education with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and spirituality.”

“The need for mental health providers with Master of Social Work degrees is immense,” said Dr. Jeanette Harder, the MSW program director. “This highly interactive program will prepare students for careers as knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate social workers.”

For more information about Goshen’s new Master of Social Work program or to apply, visit goshen.edu/msw.

With plenty of opportunity for application to real-world settings, students will gain advanced clinical skills and complete their master’s degree in as few as 12 months if they hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited college. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work can also earn their MSW at Goshen College in as little as 24 months.

Classes will be taught by faculty with MSW degrees or doctoral degrees. The program is designed to educate students in the nine core competencies as outlined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Contact the program director Jeanette Harder at 574-535-7980 or jharder2@goshen.edu to learn about part- and full-time options, beginning in Fall 2023.

Goshen College alumni can receive a 10 percent discount on tuition when they enroll in this program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 78,300 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

This program is approved by both the states of Indiana and Ohio and is pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission. Goshen’s MSW program expects to be granted candidacy in the 2023-24 academic year. The coursework prepares students to sit for licensure in any state.