Social Work Graduate Program

Graduate study is a big commitment for students and for the school that serves them.

 The MSU Master’s Program in social work is dedicated to providing quality education. To meet the needs of students, our courses are offered mostly in the evening. The Professors for our MSW program meet their classes in the evening because they are committed to social work at the graduate level. Full time students spend their days studying and engaging in community projects which are educational. Students who work or have family obligations enroll in our part time program. Every student engages in an intensive field experience to practice new skills under supervision. Our community partners contribute to how best to prepare students for entry into social work employment.

Missouri State’s MSW program has been the leader in this region for years. We have cohorts that start in Joplin and West Plains in odd numbered years. Our Springfield campus offers the MSW program every year. We are an advanced generalist program specializing in family health - our students are ready to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Serving Springfield, Joplin, and West Plains campuses!


If you have any specific questions about the MSW program or the application process, please contact the program coordinator listed below for your campus of interest:

Springfield campus:  Dr. Michele Day, 417-836-4367 or

Joplin campus:  Ms. Jannette Eldred, 417-629-3944 or

West Plains :  Ms. Elizabeth Hykes, 417-255-8063