Advance your career and the lives of those you serve.
Building on our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, as well as decades of leading in the expressive therapies, counseling, and other helping professions, Lesley’s Master of Social Work (MSW) is a distinctive program with a mission of emphasizing social justice, promoting client well-being, and serving and supporting a diverse range of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities.
Taught by faculty who are practicing in the field and engaged in ongoing research, you’ll learn state-of-the-art generalist social work practice, as well as specialized training with a variety of individuals ranging from trauma survivors and incarcerated youth, to people living with developmental disorders. In fact, Lesley MSW students have a specific and unique opportunity of experiencing what it’s like to work with a neurodiverse population, including people with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome, and other developmental disorders.
In this 60-credit program, available part-time or full-time, you’ll benefit from intimate class sizes and a minimum of 900 hours of supervised field experiences by licensed social work practitioners. This training will provide you with exposure to a variety of roles and settings, including schools, hospitals, prisons, government agencies, and more.
Another advantage of Lesley’s MSW is our Cambridge location. Our diverse community provides the opportunity to work with clients of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, and many other underserved groups. The Cambridge/Boston area is also one of the best places in the country for internships, with world-renowned facilities like Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital just over the river. Plus, our own Threshold Program gives you the chance to work with many neurodiverse students right here on campus.
Whether you’ve earned your Bachelor of Social Work and want to advance your career, or you’re looking for a new career where you can effect change and help others, Lesley's MSW program might be the perfect fit for you.
Accreditation Update: July 2023
Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program has been granted initial accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2030.