Master of Social Work
Help people function to the best
of their abilities in their environment
Bluffton’s online Master of Social Work program is designed to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills to meet the mental health needs of our communities.
This MSW, conducted in partnership with Goshen College, offers a holistic approach to the field of social work. With an emphasis on spiritual and religious integration, the program prepares social work professionals to assist clients of diverse backgrounds.
With individualized attention, complete your master’s degree in as few as 12 months, if you hold a bachelor’s of social work from an accredited program.
We offer an MSW for those with and those without a BSW degree. Coursework is offered online and prepares you to sit for licensure in any state.
100% online classroom
Recorded micro lectures, weekly Zoom classes, in-person field work
Students with a BSW can graduate in 1-2 years
Have a degree in something other than social work? Earn an MSW in 2-4 years.
Applications accepted year around. Classes begin in August. Sudents with a BSW may start in January.
What makes this MSW different?
- Faith based: Offered by two private, liberal arts, faith-based colleges
- Integration of spirituality: Religion is a meaningful aspect of diversity
- Anti-racism/anti-oppression: Learn to positively assist clients of diverse backgrounds
Applications are accepted year around. Priority review is given to applications submitted by May 1.
The MSW program is 57 credit hours, which can be completed in two to four years (57 credit hours).
Students with a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program enter our MSW program at an advanced standing level and complete the degree in one to two years (30 credit hours). (Students who earned the BSW degree more than 10 years ago will be considered for advanced standing based on social work experience.)
Courses are offered through weekly Zoom classes and recorded micro lectures.
# of credit hours:
|Student’s undergraduate degree||Credit hours||Admittance level||Types of courses to take|
|Undergraduate degree other than BSW from any accredited institution||57||Foundation||Generalist + Specialized courses|
|BSW from a CSWE-accredited program within the last 10 years||30||Advanced standing||Specialized courses only|
Field education is an important part of MSW education. The MSW field director works with students to identify suitable field placements. Students complete 900 clock hours in two field placements. Students entering the program at the advanced standing level complete 500 clock hours in one field placement.
For more information about the MSW program, contact:
Jeanette Harder, PhD, MSW
MSW Program Director, Professor of Social Work
Admissions questions, contact
Director of public relations and enrollment operations
Call or text 419-860-3749