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Social Work Careers

Prepare for an Impactful and In-Demand Career in Social Work

The demand for social workers, crisis workers and public advocates is on the rise and projected to grow over the next decade. Meet the need and make a difference with a Master of Social Work from Carlow University.

Our hybrid program readies students with the advanced skills, practical field hours and knowledge necessary to enter the field with a trauma-focused approach to effecting positive change. With two specializations, the MSW degree can result in diverse social work careers inside and outside of a clinical setting and prepares you to sit for licensure.

Clinical Social Worker


Clinical social workers help patients and their families by assessing and addressing emotional and behavioral issues through therapy and other interventions. A master’s degree is required, as well as licensing. Our Direct Practice specialization helps prepare you for this role.

Nonprofit Executive Director


Nonprofit executive directors lead nonprofit organizations. They are responsible for guiding the vision and oversee funding and everyday operations, as well as staff. Our Macro Practice specialization helps prepare you for this role.

Additional careers in social work:

  • Healthcare social worker
  • Behavioral health therapist across the lifespan
  • School social worker
  • Mental health and substance use social worker
  • Nonprofit program manager
  • Community advocate
  • Grant writer
  • Policy analyst

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Program Outcomes: Dynamic Skills for Diverse Social Work Careers

When you complete this program, you will be able to:


MSW: Direct Practice

The hybrid, CSWE-accredited online MSW degree in direct practice prepares students for clinical work focusing on individuals, families and groups.

MSW: Macro Practice

The hybrid, CSWE-accredited online MSW degree in macro practice focuses on human rights and justice at community and organizational levels.

Career Support

Advancing your social work career is an exciting endeavor, and our team of instructors and our diverse student community is ready to help you succeed.

MSW Advisory Board

Comprised of current professional social workers, the board provides guidance and networking opportunities to students, including field placement and career connections.

Career Planning Services

Carlow provides career advising sessions, career-related programming, job search support and employer engagement on and off campus.

Experienced Faculty

Our faculty are well-connected and have years of experience in social work. They’re prepared to help you find your path and able to introduce you to others who can help.

A Caring Network

Our diverse community of students embodies the values of the Sisters of Mercy. Our alumni network and current students are ready to support each other in their careers.