Aurora University

Social Work (MSW)

Why study in the master of social work program at Aurora University?

Our program prepares you to help individuals, families, and communities. You’ll learn to advance social change that improves the well-being of vulnerable populations. You’ll develop solutions to issues at the individual, community, and societal levels. And you'll establish the groundwork for a successful path leading to employment in the field of social work.

Aurora University also offers three dual-degree Social Work programs. You can earn the MSW alongside the Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, or Master of Divinity.

We are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

2017 Test Results from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
  Aurora Results
First-Time Exam Takers 79%
Repeat Exam Takers 42%
Total Exam Results 70%
Program quick facts
  • Program length: 60 semester hours
  • Tracks: Addictions, child welfare, faith-based, forensic, gerontology, health care, leadership administration, school social work
  • Tuition: View current rates
  • Location options: Main campus and Online
Program structure
  • 27 semester hours of foundation work in social welfare, human behavior, theory, research, and field instruction
  • 18 semester hours of advanced curriculum in social work practice and policy and advanced field instruction
  • 15 semester hours of electives, which can be used to complete one of the program’s tracks

For more information, consult the MSW Student Handbook.

Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

You will engage in two internships that let you practice your skills in a real world setting. You will have access to a network of more than 1,000 diverse agencies that have hosted AU students. The first internship consists of 450 hours of work, and the second is 600 hours. Advanced standing students only need to complete the latter.

Career opportunities

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Human service agencies
  • Criminal justice system
  • Private practice

Get hired by the best

  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • School districts throughout Illinois
  • Addiction treatment centers