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MSW Overview


Social work has helped to improve the quality of life for millions. Be an agent of that change at the #1 social work school in the country. 

Our full-time MSW program attracts about 225 students each fall.  We look for individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to social change through work experiences, academic endeavors, and extracurricular or community service.  We also seek individuals with leadership skills and potential for the field.  We look for evidence of an individual’s ability to succeed in a demanding academic program and a professional career following graduation.

Reasons to consider the Brown School for an MSW:

  • Nearly $4 million in scholarships awarded each year.
  • A diverse student body representing nearly 20 different countries and more than 200 different undergraduate institutions.
  • A flexible curriculum that allows you to customize a course of study, plus several dual dual-degree options, including a new MSW/MPH degree.
  • Six concentrations including children, youth, and families; gerontology; health; mental health;social and economic development, and individualized.  Specializations include management, research and social entrepreneurship.   
  • Numerous opportunities for experiential learning through more than 400 domestic and international field placement options.
  • Resources of the world-reknown Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Faculty who are committed to creating new knowledge that advances the social work field. 
  • A global network of graduates who are making contributions in non-profit, government, corporate, and academic arenas.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment.

The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Executive Director of Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, (314) 935-5990.


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