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Susan Thompson, MSW Admissions Office
208 Senior Hall Office 125
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6485
fax: 509.359.6475

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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Applications for 2016 will be available here in September, 2015.  For more information contact Diane Somerday

Mission of the School of Social Work:

The School of Social Work is committed to the ongoing development of social work education which instills a core commitment to building a society based on social and economic justice and enhancing opportunities for human well-being. The School engages students in the acquisition of critically assessed knowledge and practice skills focused on working collaboratively and therapeutically with people.  

Vision of the School of Social Work:

The School prepares social work professionals for practice in the public sector or in those private agencies which address the needs of oppressed and disadvantage populations. Students are provided with the necessary values, knowledge and skills to practice within a rural/regional/small urban service delivery system environment.Graduates assume key professional practice roles in human service agencies, community organizations, collaborative networks and change focused coalitions.

The curriculum prepares students to engage in processes aimed at empowering individuals to improve their life situation and to modify the organizational, community and societal conditions that prevent oppressed populations from obtaining a basic quality of life. Through the combined commitment of the practice community and faculty, the School prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for professional social work practice; serves place-bound individuals by providing structured part-time, off-campus, programs; responds to the needs of practitioners through the provision of continuing education, staff development and consultation; and undertakes research activities which contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge relevant to the profession.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work degree (MSW) is the graduate degree that provides advanced knowledge and skills for increased effectiveness as a professional social worker. The MSW is the most marketable, most transferable and most requested degree by employers in the social services arena!

The School of Social Work offers a two-year, full-time MSW Program located in Cheney, WA and three-year, part-time MSW Programs in Everett, Vancouver and Eastern Washington. The full-time and part-time programs have identical admission requirements and curriculum. The MSW at EWU is not offered online.

Admission to the MSW Program is based on the following:

  1. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.00 in the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits; upon recommendation of the Graduate Program Director, the Dean of Graduate Studies may admit a limited number of students, with GPA's under 3.00, based upon considerations which include performance in relevant graduate courses and faculty evaluations.
  3. Completion of 3 credit hours of an introductory statistics course covering descriptive and inferential statistics and basic hypothesis testing with a 2.5 or comparable grade.  It is not required to apply to the MSW.  However, if admitted, you must complete this prerequisite prior to registering for MSW classes.  The School of Social Work offers an online course (SOWK 469) every spring quarter that meets this requirement.  Please contact for more information on this or other courses that will meet the prerequisite.
  4. The GRE is not required.

Both MSW programs offer an Advanced Standing Option which allows qualified individuals to obtain a MSW in 11 months for the full-time program and in 18 months for the part-time program. Admission requirements are similar to those of the full-time program but also require a 3.50 cumulative GPA in undergraduate social work courses and a bachelor's degree in social work awarded no longer than seven years before the application date. The degree must be from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program. There are no exceptions to the stated admission requirements for Advanced Standing. The GRE is not required.

JD/MSW dual degree program

The JD/MSW dual degree program is designed to educate law and social work professionals who are competent to practice either profession in the conventional sense. A student who successfully completes the program will graduate in four years (three years for students with "Advanced Standing" in Social Work) with a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, and a MSW from EWU. Admission to the program is highly selective. Students must apply and be admitted to both Gonzaga School of Law,, and the EWU School of Social Work via each school's established admissions process. This means that candidates for the program must meet all of the admissions criteria for each school, including achieving scores on standardized tests (LSAT, GRE, etc.) that support the candidate's admission to each of the respective schools. Only after a candidate is admitted to both schools' programs, will the candidate's application to the dual degree program be considered.


EWU Tuition rates

Dual-degree students will pay tuition for law school courses at the rate charged by Gonzaga University School of Law,, and will pay tuition for social work courses at the rate charged by EWU,

If you have questions about the MSW programs, contact Diane Somerday at 509.359.6482 or

What will I study?

The Social Work Program is committed to the ongoing development of social work education that instills a core commitment to work toward social and economic justice in a diverse society with the result being the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities in their efforts to enhance opportunities for human well-being.

 For program details and course descriptions see our course catalog:

Licensing & Certification

To learn more about licensure exams and regulations across the U.S., see the Association for Social Work Boards web site:
To learn more about licensure requirements for social workers in Washington State see: 

To learn more about certification requirements for Washington State School Social Workers see:

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