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Master of Social Work


Why St. Ambrose?

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The MSW Program, located in the School of Social Work at St. Ambrose University, educates social work professionals to address a range of social issues and needs, using an empowerment method. Your education and training is on the cutting edge of modern social work practice, while also rooted in the historical traditions of knowledge and advocacy of our profession. The School of Social Work is dynamic and alive – a place that reaches beyond our campus and into the local community.

The St. Ambrose University MSW Program equips graduates for professional practice through building:

  • A comprehensive knowledge base
  • Empowerment practice skills
  • An Ethical framework rooted in the NASW Code of Ethics

From MSW student Mark Leveling:

"This program has been a comprehensive experience; it can allow you to think nimbly about issues that come up in the field."

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Building on this foundation and keeping pace with political, economic, and technological advancement, our program offers a concentration in Advanced Empowerment Practice.

At a broad level, the MSW Program emphasizes the empowerment of client systems and the promotion of a just society. The defining theme is the rights of clients to attain their full potential through conscious and informed knowledge, based on their civil and citizen rights in society. You'll also find that our MSW Program is grounded in core social work purposes. The ecosystemic construct, strengths perspective, and ethic of social and economic justice form the basis of the critical thinking base necessary for the empowerment social work practitioner.

The St. Ambrose University School of Social Work and the MSW Program are leaders in empowerment practice. In the department, MSW faculty and staff strive to maintain an environment conducive to discovery, personal and professional growth and competence in professional social work practice.