Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Program Details

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About the Program

More than ever before, communities in Montana and across the United States are seriously impacted by mental health challenges, physical illness, substance use, poverty, oppression, and other social problems. 

To promote health, recovery, and well-being, Carroll College offers a clinically-focused, online Master of Social Work (MSW) program that educates and trains students to use evidence-based interventions to serve individuals, families, and groups in need of high-quality health, behavioral health, substance use, and social services.

Benefits of Carroll’s MSW program

Clinical Focus

In Carroll's MSW program, you will receive highly individualized training needed to address complex mental health needs presented by clients and patients. Our program is grounded in four emphasis areas: trauma-informed/resilience-focused care, integrated behavioral health care, evidence-based practice, and professional leadership.

Accessible & Flexible

  • Online courses that combine synchronous and asynchronous learning; 
  • Intensive skill-development sessions - offered online or in-person -  that help you refine the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective services. 
  • Individualized internship experiences that provide cutting-edge opportunities to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom with actual practice.


We leverage all of Carroll College's resources to help you jump-start your career as a clinical social worker. Our program also provides the knowledge and skills needed to pursue an advanced clinical social work license.

Advanced-Standing Option

Do you have a BSW or BSSW degree from an accredited social work program? You may be eligible for advanced standing, completing your MSW in as little as 9 months. If you don't qualify for advanced standing, you can still complete our traditional MSW program in as little as 21 months.

Part-Time Option

We understand not everyone can complete our program full-time so we offer a number of part-time pathways for completing our program. 

Master of Social Work Graduates

Field Education

We've partnered with non-profits and health care providers across Montana to provide students with outstanding internship opportunities. If you live outside Montana, we can identify an excellent internship opportunity where you are.

MSW Student

Weekend Intensives

Five times each year, we come together for intensive skill development and inter-professional education activities. For the 2022-2023 academic year, we offered an online intensive option for those unable to travel to campus.

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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