Northwest Nazarene University

Master of Social Work

About the Program

NNU’s Master of Social Work program prepares students for advanced social work practice in rural and small town settings, both domestic and international. Available at NNU’s Nampa campus and our distance learning location in Idaho Falls, the program utilizes a cohort model that allows for an interactive learning environment and collegiality throughout the student's course work. Additionally, the MSW practicums give students professional experience and help them build relationships with local professionals. Upon completion of the program, students earn a graduate degree and are prepared to take the MSW licensing exam. With classes offered evenings and weekends, this program is ideal for students with work and/or family responsibilities who wish to advance their career.

Depending on education, and licensure, students can be admitted either at the Generalist level or at the Specialized level for the MSW degree. Applicants who have completed a B.A. in social work or BSW from an institution accredited by the Council of Social Work Education qualify for the Specialized standing level, which can be completed in 18 months (four semesters). An area of specialization is chosen after completing the Generalist year or when entering the program at the Specialized standing level. We have two concentrations: Clinical Mental Health and Addictions (CMHA) and Integrated Clinical and Community Practice (ICCP).

  • 93% first time pass rate on the LMSW licensing exam compared to the 75% national average.
  • Work closely with Faculty mentors
  • 98% placement rate for students into jobs in the field

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Kerrie Ann Hull

When looking for a social work program, I wanted an emphasis on diversity, professionalism, high standards of educational learning and catering to the working family. NNU did all of that. The emphasis on culturally competent practice and diversity among the staff and students makes NNU different from other universities.

Kerrie Ann Hull

MSW Graduate