Master of Social Work

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

Recent studies indicate that more people are being negatively impacted by mental illness, substance use, and suicide than ever before. These problems are more pronounced when individuals experience adverse events during childhood, have limited access to health care, live in poverty, fear for their safety, or encounter discrimination. To help address these problems in Montana, and states and countries like it, Carroll College is launching a clinically-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program in 2021 that educates and trains students in how to effectively apply proven counseling methods, prevention techniques, and tele-health technologies to address the diverse and everchanging needs of people who need high-quality behavioral health 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 homes, hospitals, clinics, schools, jails, and social service organizations through face to face and tele-health services. You will receive highly individualized clinical training to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex behavioral health and social service needs of the clients and patients you serve. Clinical skills are developed through online instruction, field instruction, and the program’s intensive, campus-based training institutes held prior to the fall and spring semesters (three days) and two weekends during each semester.

Hybrid – Hybrid programs combine the very best of intensive campus-based training with on-line instruction. This blended format means not having to relocate to Helena and that most of the program can be completed at home. The blended format includes:

  • Intensive campus-based training - Highly skilled and seasoned professors provide individualized instruction to ensure that you receive the clinical knowledge and skills required to address the 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 will occur in the field by working 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.

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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