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MSW Generalist Program

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than social work, Nebraska Wesleyan’s generalist MSW program is for you. This 66-credit-hour program includes a 32-credit generalist year and a 34-credit specialized year. MSW students complete 400 hours of practicum experience in the first year and another 500 hours in the second year.

Hybrid classes are held in eight-week sessions, combining online coursework with in-person classes in Lincoln on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. If you’re a full-time student, you’ll take two classes each session and complete your degree in two years. If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take one class each session and graduate in four years.

Admission deadlines

When you apply for the generalist MSW program by October 15, you will receive an admission decision by December 1. When you apply for the generalist MSW program by January 15, you will receive an admission decision by March 1. If you apply after January 15, you’ll be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full. If you are currently completing a bachelor’s degree, you will receive a contingent admission offer pending successful completion of your degree.

Admission criteria

Nebraska Wesleyan University uses a holistic process to review all applications and select students with a variety of skills, views and experiences. NWU’s Master of Social Work program requires the following for admittance.

  • Undergraduate degree (3.0 GPA) from an accredited college/university with previous coursework in statistics as well as at least 9 credit hours of coursework in the social sciences, to include sociology, psychology, political science and similar disciplines.
  • Resume documenting previous volunteer, internship and/or work experience.
  • Two references
    • one academic reference from a previous faculty member, if possible.
    • professional references should speak to the student’s readiness for graduate school.
  • Writing sample formatted in APA style with the use of citations. The sample should demonstrate sufficient writing skill needed for graduate level coursework. The writing sample should be no more than five pages plus a title page and reference page (no more than seven pages total). Applicants will be provided with prompts to guide their response.