Grand Canyon University

Master of Social Work


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work

Format: Online

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Social Work program is designed to prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills to apply social work principles, values and ethics when helping individuals, families and communities overcome various social and behavioral health issues. This program focuses on an advanced generalist social work practice to shape the social work practitioner who can provide a wide range of services and engage with multiple populations of any type and size. Undergraduates can look at our Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Students learn to actively:

    Engage in social justice issues affecting diverse individuals, families, communities and organizations

    Employ evidence-based practice, strategies and interventions

    Develop research, analysis, critical and creative thinking, decision-making and leadership skills.

Developing these skills enables social work professionals to diagnose and treat issues, as well as provide access to resources, to improve the lives of at-risk populations who need help coping with and solving problems. This is an ideal career path for those who are passionate about people and seek a career path that engages in social and economic justice for vulnerable populations.

This Master of Social Work degree has been developed to adhere to the social work standards and competencies established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This program of study is also designed to meet the academic requirements for Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW). Licensing requirements may vary from state to state. It is the students’ responsibility to check the licensing requirements in their respective state.

MSW Program Mission

To promote innovative and responsible leadership in the social work profession by educating students to become agents of social change with the goal of social and economic justice on a local, national and international level. Students will be prepared to address the needs of diverse populations through service, advocacy, empowerment, theory analysis, program and practice evaluation, multidisciplinary collaboration and integration of social work values.

Earn Your Master’s Degree in Social Work at GCU

GCU uniquely incorporates its Christian worldview and values into its programs, which encourages social work graduate students to perform ethical work and apply servant leadership practices. Based on Christian principles, the curriculum empowers students to lead with kindness, compassion and justice for making the greatest difference in the lives of others.

Gain Knowledge to Help Others

Diverse human experiences shape underserved populations that may include abuse, addiction, oppression, marginalization, alienation, racism, socioeconomic disadvantages and other life struggles such as disability, addiction, trauma and mental illness. Social workers support those who suffer from issues such as these, while battling inequalities and injustices that individuals face. This is a role for pursuing social justice and driving reform, as well as providing therapy/counseling, case/clinical management services and other resources to meet the needs of others.

By earning a Master of Social Work, students can advance their careers within the helping profession and continue a professional path of reward and purpose. Social workers become more than professionals and practitioners. They become advocates who fight alongside those who are struggling and help them live a more fulfilling life.

To prepare for crisis situations and helping people defeat hardships, students will gain competencies in these domains:

    Ethical and professional behavior

    Diversity and difference in practice

    Human rights and social, economic and environmental justice

    Practice-informed research and research-informed practice

    Engaging, assessing, intervening and evaluating practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

What Can You Do with a Master of Social Work Degree?

Graduates may work directly with clients or participate in program development or human services management.

Social workers may work in settings such as:


    Nursing homes

    Various types of clinics

    Mental health agencies

    Government departments


    Community organizations

    Military bases

    Correctional facilities


    Advocacy groups

    Private practices


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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