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4 Things to Consider When Picking an MSW Program

Written by Baylor School of Social Work Team on 05.16.23

If you're considering pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, you're likely passionate about helping others and making a difference in your community. But with so many MSW programs out there, how do you know which one is right for you?

Choosing the right MSW program is a big decision that can impact your career, so it's important to take the time to research and compare MSW programs to find the right fit. Here are some things to remember as you look for an MSW program that's the perfect fit for you.

1. Accreditation

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing an MSW program is accreditation. Accreditation ensures that a program meets certain standards and that graduates will be prepared for social work practice. Look for programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for social work education.

Baylor University's MSW program, for example, is accredited by the CSWE, meaning that graduates of the program are well-prepared for social work practice.


2. Specializations

Another important factor to consider is whether a program offers specializations that match your interests and career goals. Some MSW programs offer specializations in areas like mental health, healthcare, or child welfare. 

Baylor's MSW program offers specializations in Clinical Practice and Community Practice, allowing students to tailor their education to their specific interests and career aspirations.


3. Field Placement Opportunities

Field placement is a key component of an MSW program, giving students the opportunity to gain practical experience and apply what they've learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Look for programs that offer a range of field placement opportunities and consider how the pavement options will fit your goals. 

Baylor's MSW Field Education gives students the opportunity and responsibility to apply their knowledge in real-life interactions in various settings, including placements in healthcare, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and more.

4. Faculty

The faculty at an MSW program can have a big impact on your education and career. Look for programs with faculty who are experienced practitioners in the field, as well as researchers and scholars who are making significant contributions to the social work field. 

Faculty at Baylor’s Garland School of Social Work includes experienced practitioners and scholars who are engaged in a variety of ongoing research and projects.

Choosing the right program for social work is a big decision — but you can find a program that perfectly fits you and your career goals. Whether you choose Baylor's MSW program or another program that meets your needs, an MSW degree can prepare you for a rewarding career in helping others and making a difference in your community.



Posted by Baylor School of Social Work Team

We are the admissions team at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, at Baylor University. We believe social work is about service and justice; it is about the dignity of individuals and the power of relationships; it is about integrity and competence, and our mission here is preparing social workers to do these things well. We hope you find our resources helpful and informative as you explore and pursue a degree in social work!