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Graduate Programs Open House and Application Workshop

Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM

Join us on campus for our Graduate Programs Open House and Application Workshop to learn more about our graduate programs, talk directly with the program director, receive application advice, and learn more about all that Merrimack has to offer you.

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Master of Social Work: Why Merrimack College?

In addition to being the only MSW degree program in the Merrimack Valley, our program stands out for its:

Convenient Flexibility

Our master of social work is a 2-year, 56-credit advanced generalist program with many elective options. We also offer a 4-semester, 36-credit advanced standing program for students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution.


Exceptional Faculty

Breaking new ground at Merrimack College, all faculty in the master’s degree in social work are highly trained and educated professionals excited to help develop the future of social work in the Merrimack Valley. In addition to being published scholars and leaders in local, regional and national social work agencies and organizations, they also use their expertise and experiences to guide you into the field. Program director and licensed social worker Shannon Mokoro co-chairs the CSWE and is an active member of the community with over 20 years of higher education and social work experience.

Real-World Field Experience

Merrimack’s social work graduate program creates and provides students with transformative learning experiences in and out of the classroom that positively impact children, youth, families and the greater society. You will engage in 900 hours of hands-on practical experience in a local school, community agency, nonprofit, health or mental health center, or another relevant social service-type agency or institution. 

Practical, Relevant Skills

Merrimack’s MSW program focuses on access, equality, social and economic justice, as well as ethical and reflective practices. Our program produces leaders who demonstrate the knowledge and skills of advanced direct social work practice. Upon graduation, you’ll be well equipped to respond to the need for services that promote social, economic and political justice for all groups, especially those confronting discrimination and oppression.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Accreditation

The Merrimack College MSW program is applying for candidacy with the Council of Social Work Education. You can find updates on our status here on our website.