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  • About NCU’s Master of Social Work

    Our CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will prepare students for diverse career opportunities within a variety of social service settings. Using a curriculum that aligns with competencies from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), students gain knowledge, skills and experience that they can transfer directly into the workplace. This program consists of two tracks to accommodate those with an undergraduate degree in social work and those that are new to the field.

    You can earn your Master of Social Work with a combination of online coursework and in-person practicum work. Practicum involves interacting directly with individuals, groups and communities in an agency in your local area under the direction of an approved local field supervisor. This allows you to gain hands-on experience and learn to be adaptable, flexible, and resilient in the work setting

  • Program Tracks

    Generalist Track:

    Students new to the field of social work can enter the Generalist Track where they will explore the practice of contemporary social work, including social work practices, ethics, communication and other key skills. The aim of this track is to prepare students to take on social work roles in a broad variety of public and private entities providing medical and behavioral health care, corrections, hospice, policy-making, and many other services aimed at individuals, families, groups, and communities.

    Advanced Generalist Track:

    Those who already have a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program can enter the Advanced Generalist track where they will take more advanced coursework. Students on both tracks will benefit from experiential learning opportunities.

    Both tracks in this degree program have been carefully designed to align with industry standards and CSWE competencies to ensure that students learn current, applicable knowledge that will give them the foundation to be ethical, effective professionals.

    Upon successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to work in many settings, such as child welfare and adoption agencies, schools, legislative offices, hospitals, drug clinics—the list is almost endless.

  • Why Northcentral?

    The things that make us different...also make us better.

    • One-To-One Learning Model: At Northcentral University, your classroom size is ONE. In other words, Northcentral's programs provide you with the opportunity to partner with a member of our 100% doctoral faculty in each of your courses.
    • 100% Doctoral Faculty: Northcentral University maintains 100% doctoral faculty, most of whom have completed their program of study at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the discipline in which they teach or develop curricula.
    • Accreditation: Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Certain NCU programs have also received programmatic accreditation from other accrediting bodies, including ACBSP and COAMFTE.
    • Unique Flexibility: You shouldn't have to put your education on hold, at Northcentral University we offer weekly course starts to fit your schedule. With no need to wait for the start of a semester, you can start your educational journey as soon as you're ready. Northcentral University also has no physical residency requirements, which makes us a great fit for working professionals, as well as for military personnel and international students who do not have to relocate or spend money to travel to a campus to complete the online degree.


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