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Social Sciences

Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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 great 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.


The Lesley University Master of Social Work (MSW) program is currently in pre-candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

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Program Structure

Full- or part-time on-campus program

60 Credits
Colleen Shannon stands in a room at the Children's Place.

A Light in the Dark

Social worker Colleen Shannon '04, recipient of the Emerging Leadership Award from the National Association of Social Workers, gives grieving children a healthy way to heal.

Fields of Practice
There's a wide variety of industries and organizations that have real (and growing) needs for social workers.
Where You Could Work
The Boston/Cambridge area may be the best in the country for social work opportunities, in terms of both internships and jobs. Here are some of the organizations in the area that currently employ MSW-level social workers.


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Social Work
  • Tuition
    $1050/credit x 60
  • Fees
    Materials Fees
    Registration Fees
    Mental Health Field Placement and Licensure Software Subscription
    Activity Fees
    Practicum Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The Social Work master's degree program awards a limited number of merit scholarships of up to $3,150.

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
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