Master of Social Work

Committed to making a positive impact in Montana and beyond, Carroll is developing a Master of Social Work program.

Master of Social Work

Apply now to join Carroll College's inaugural MSW student cohort. We continue to accept applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

More than ever before, communities in Montana and elsewhere are being severely impacted by serious health issues, mental illness, substance use, poverty, oppression, and other serious social problems. Compound these ongoing challenges with emerging crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the demand for graduate social workers has never been greater. 

To address these problems, Carroll College is launching a clinically-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Beginning Fall 2021, Carroll's MSW program will educate and train students to use evidence-based interventions as they serve individuals, families, and groups in need of high-quality health, behavioral health, substance use, and social services. 

Benefits of Carroll’s MSW program include:

Clinical Focus

In Carroll's MSW program, you will receive the highly individualized training needed to address complex needs presented by clients and patients. Our program is grounded in four emphasis areas: trauma-informed/resilience-focused care, integrated behavioral health care, evidence-based practice, and professional leadership.

Hybrid Format

Carroll's MSW program offers the very best of intensive, in-person, campus-based training combined with online instruction. This blended format means students do not have to relocate to Helena to complete our program. The blended format includes:

  • In-person, on-campus residencies that will help you develop the clinical knowledge and skills needed to provide effective clinical services
  • Online courses that allow you to attend class according to your schedule
  • Internships located where you are that provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in actual practice

Of course, if you want to relocate to Helena to complete our MSW program, we would welcome you! Here, you can immerse yourself in Carroll's vibrant community and explore all the cultural and recreational opportunities available in the surrounding area.

If you are thinking about relocating to Helena for our program, reach out to us so we can tell you about on-campus housing options and other resources.


We leverage all of Carroll College's resources to help you jump-start your career as a professional social worker. Our program also provides the knowledge and skills you will need as you pursue an advanced clinical social work license.

Advanced-Standing Option

Do you have a BSW from an accredited social work program? You might be eligible for advanced standing in Carroll's MSW program. With advanced standing, you can complete your MSW in as little as 9 months. If you don't qualify for advanced standing, you can still complete our MSW program in 21 months.

Part-Time Option

We understand not everyone can attend our program full-time. We can create a course schedule that meets your needs and circumstances, helping you achieve your goals to be a clinical social worker within 3 to 4 years.

Program Schedule

The table below identifies important dates for on-campus, in-person residencies, online learning, and the number of community-based internship hours students complete for our 60 credit hour traditional program and our 30 credit hour advanced standing program.

Instructional Formats and Important Dates.
InstructionYear 1 (2021-22)Year 2 (2022-23)

On-Campus Residencies


Fall Semester - August 20-22; October 15-17; Dec. 10-12 

Spring Semester - Feb. 25-27; April 16-17 

Fall Semester – August (TBD)

Spring Semester – January (TBD)

Online Instruction

Fall Semester - August 25-Dec 16

Spring Semester - Jan. 18-May 12

Fall Semester - TBD
Spring Semester - TBD

Field Instruction - Traditional 2-year Program

400 hours year 1

500 hours year 2

Field Instruction - Advanced Standing Program500 hours  

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