Master of Social Work: Elevate Your Community. Accelerate Your Career

Master of Social Work


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About the Program

An MSW from Carroll College prepares you to serve individuals, families, and communities, promoting health, well-being, and functioning. Recognizing the severe shortage of mental health service providers across the country, our curriculum explicitly seeks to prepare students for independent, clinical licensure.

You will learn to address the complex health and mental health needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups with a curriculum that focuses on four critical areas: 

  1. Trauma-informed/resilience-focused practice
  2. Evidence-based practice
  3. Interdisciplinary and integrated practice
  4. Professional leadership

Benefits of Carroll’s Master of Social Work Degree

Accessible & Flexible

Our online social work courses combine synchronous and asynchronous learning, supporting strong connections between students and faculty while maximizing flexibility. Full- and part-time pathways are available so you can earn your degree at the pace that best suits you.

Experiential Learning and Networking

We've partnered with non-profits and health care providers to provide students with outstanding internship opportunities wherever they are located. We also host five weekend intensives each academic year that you can attend virtually or in person, offering unique opportunities for skill development, active learning, and community building. 

Affordable Social Work Degree

Many of our students are eligible for loan repayment programs after graduation, which helps defray the costs of earning a Master of Social Work degree. In addition, some students who work for social service, health, or behavioral health organizations can take advantage of tuition assistance programs offered by their employers. Scholarships may also be available. Learn more about tuition and costs.


Employers tell us that our graduates are well-prepared with a strong foundation of knowledge, values, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Because our graduate social work degree emphasizes integrated and interdisciplinary care, our graduates are ready to effectively collaborate in team-based, interdisciplinary settings.

Exceptional Faculty

Learn from passionate and committed social work faculty who are committed to your success. Our accomplished faculty possess nearly 100 years of experience as practitioners and educators, giving them the expertise and insight needed to prepare you for professional practice. Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional learning experience and the support you need to achieve your professional goals.

Michael Elliot, Class of 2015
Michael Elliott, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, is a 2015 Carroll graduate currently enrolled in our Master of Social Work program. His hope after earning his MSW is to work at PureView Health Center here in Helena in their integrated behavioral health team where he currently interns. In this piece by ABC News Nightline, Michael was a 21-year-old Marine stationed in Iraq at the time he was originally interviewed. In Nightline's follow-up, he reflects on what his experience has been like over the past 20 years since returning home.
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Hands-On Learning

Woven into your Master of Social Work experience is real-world learning that prepares you for what’s to come after graduation. You will participate in a supervised practicum at a local community-based organization that intentionally and systematically connects classroom-based learning with real-world practice. No matter where you live, you can count on Carroll’s Master of Social Work program to provide you with an individualized, high-quality practicum experience.

Master of Social Work Graduates


Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), we train social workers to provide specialized services to clients impacted by mental health challenges, substance use, physical illness, and other social problems.

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Social Work Curriculum Built on Excellence

Carroll College’s Master of Social Work program is built on more than 100 years of academic excellence. We’re consistently recognized for our values and our alumni’s accomplishments. The Master of Social Work program is committed to continuing this legacy while creating transformational moments for students as we redefine social work, health, and mental health care.

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Accelerated MSW

You can be admitted to our MSW with any educational background, but if you have a BSW or BSSW degree from an accredited social work program, you may be eligible to complete your graduate social work degree in as little as 9 months. 

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