Graduate Programs

Social work

Social Work: MSW


The University of Delaware’s master of social work program, housed in the College of Education and Human Development, prepares graduates to accept positions as social workers. Social workers support individuals and families through a wide range of life changes or challenges, including adoption, divorce, aging, terminal illness, loss of housing or employment, mental health, substance use and more.

Through research-informed coursework taught by faculty experts, community-engaged practicum experiences and specialization areas that meet community needs, the UD MSW prepares students to address the social problems affecting our global community—regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, religion, gender and/or sexual orientation. The program also teaches students how to apply social work ethics and values in promoting human rights, social justice and anti-oppressive practices. 

With one-year, 16-month, two-year and three-year pathways to degree completion, students of the program can customize their timeline toward graduation. Students who begin the program with at least two years of professional experience in human services organizations are eligible to pursue a specialized pathway.

Program Concentrations:

  • Children and Families
  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders


Application Deadlines




January 15: Priority consideration for admission

August 15: Final deadline to apply



December 15: Priority consideration for admission

January 15: Final deadline to apply


April 15: Priority consideration for admission

May 15: Final deadline to apply


UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $844.

Some financial aid may be available to qualified students.