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

Recent studies indicate that more people than ever before are being negatively affected by health concerns, mental illness, substance use, and suicide than ever before. These problems are more pronounced when individuals experience trauma, adverse childhood events (ACES), have limited access to health care, live in poverty, fear for their safety, or encounter prejudice and discrimination. Compound these ongoing challenges with emerging crises, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the demand for qualified and effective social workers has never been greater. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle to hire competent social workers leaving vulnerable individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities without adequate help.

To help address these problems in Montana, other parts of the United States, and around the world, Carroll College is launching a clinically-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Welcoming students Fall 2021, Carroll's MSW program will educate and train students to effectively apply proven interventions that meet the needs of those needing high-quality health, behavioral health, substance use, and social services. Benefits of Carroll’s MSW program include:

Clinical – Most MSW graduates begin their careers as clinical social workers providing therapeutic services in social service organizations, health care facilities, mental health and substance use treatment programs, schools, correctional settings, and much more. Services can be provided face to face and using remote tele-health technologies. In Carroll's MSW program, you will receive highly individualized clinical training to ensure you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex needs of the clients and patients you serve. Clinical skills are developed through online instruction, field instruction, and the program’s intensive, campus-based, in-person training residencies held prior to each semester and two weekends during the semester.

Hybrid – Carroll's MSW program combines the very best of intensive, in-person, campus-based training with on-line instruction. This blended format means students do not have to relocate to Helena, completing the program where they currently are located. The blended format includes:

  • Intensive campus-based residencies - Highly skilled and seasoned professors provide individualized instruction to ensure you develop the clinical knowledge and skills required to address the complex needs of clients.
  • Online courses – Carroll’s virtual classroom allows you to attend lectures, watch instructional videos and engage with interactive course materials from your home. The on-line courses allow you to attend class according to your schedule, significantly reducing time spent traveling to and from Helena.
  • Tele-Coaching – Campus-based individualized training and online courses are supplemented by video tele-coaching (e.g., Zoom). Tele-coaching sessions are led by Carroll faculty and designed to reinforce clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Field Training – A central component of your clinical training are community-based internships where you will work directly with clients and receiving quality supervision. Field-based training and practicum sites are developed and approved by Carroll faculty and adhere to quality standards for clinical training.

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

The table below lists the instructional formats and important dates.

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

Fall Semester - August 23-25; October 9-10; Nov. 20-21 (May
12-semester ends)

Spring Semester - January 18-20;
Feb. 26-27; April 16-17 (May 12-
semester ends)

Fall Semester – August (TBD)

Spring Semester – January (TBD)


Fall Semester - August 25-Dec 16

Spring Semester - Jan. 18-May 12

Fall Semester - TBD
Spring Semester - TBD

Field Instruction
August 23 - May 12 (450 hours)August - May (450 hours)

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