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Diane Somerday, Coordinator of Student Services
208 Senior Hall Office 123
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6482
fax: 509-359-6475

MSW - Full-Time, Cheney/Spokane

Eastern Washington University's Cheney/Spokane Program offers a full-time MSW degree that can be completed in two years (six quarters, excluding summers). We do not offer the core curriculum in the evening or online.  First year classes are held on campus in Cheney and second year classes are held at Riverpoint in Spokane. Core curriculum classes are held in four hour blocks and electives are held at Riverpoint or online.

Practicum is five quarters and starts in the winter of the first year. In addition to attending classes and seminars, student complete 16-20 hours per week. Our practicum placement process is very structured and students do not seek their own placement. We work closely with the student and agency to assure learning goals are met.

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Cheney/Spokane MSW Program

Applications for the Cheney/Spokane MSW Program Fall 2016 are closed.  Applications for the Fall 2017 cohort will be available here in September 2016.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing your MSW degree at Eastern Washington University's School of Social Work.  For further information please contact Diane Somerday, 509.359.6482 or

What will I study?

The EWU MSW program prepares graduates for professional practice in rural and urban settings and across arenas of practice including child welfare, mental health, addictions, disabilities, housing, poverty, domestic and societal violence, criminal justice, veterans and military families, education, healthcare, palliative care and aging. Through a combination of core courses and specialized electives each graduate builds a course of study to fit each career path.

During the foundation year in the generalist practice curriculum students learn the values, knowledge and skills common to all research-informed professional social work practice to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Particular attention is given to prevention, diversity, and advocacy for human rights and social and economic justice.

During the final year in advanced generalist practice curriculum students learn to apply the person and environment construct in the context of field practicum and advanced courses in clinical assessment and evidence-based treatments, research methods, organizational and policy analysis, program development, and administrative practices. Special attention is given to the development of leadership skills to work for the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons. The program embraces social justice in all areas of practice.

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