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MSW: Macro Practice Specialization

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Learn to Lead Social Change with an MSW in Macro Practice

The MSW Macro Practice specialization is designed to develop strengths-based and trauma-informed ethical leaders and managers of human services organizations and social change leaders who advance human well-being.

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  • Duration 18-48 months
  • Cost per Credit $650
  • Credit Hours 45-60

Program Benefits

  • CSWE-Accredited
  • Advanced Standing and Traditional Student Tracks
  • Trauma-Focused Curriculum
  • Flexible Hybrid Format
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Make a Difference in Lives and the Social Work Profession

In Carlow’s Master of Social Work in Macro Practice program, you’ll learn to lead effectively across populations and systems through the lenses of advocacy, professional ethics, trauma-focused care and social justice. You’ll graduate with a commitment to service and the knowledge required to be a capable and compassionate professional in unique and complex situations.

This specialization is grounded in human and social well-being, along with advocating for human rights and social and economic justice. You’ll learn best practices within large systems and frameworks for achieving change.

Carlow’s program offers an advanced standing track for students who already have a BSW, allowing them to complete the degree in as few as one and a half years. A traditional track is available for those who don’t have a BSW but wish to pursue graduate study in social work. Faculty works with you one-on-one to tailor your field placement experiences to your career goals. You’ll graduate prepared to sit for licensure.

The MSW in Macro Practice program is also available on campus.

Career Outlook: Change the World with Your Work

The demand for social and community service managers is expected to grow 17 percent between 2019 and 2029, resulting in the creation of 29,800 new jobs.1 Those with Master of Social Work degrees will be uniquely prepared to fill these in-demand jobs and others due to their skills in advocacy, community and patient care and communication.

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.

Social and Community Manager


Social and community managers work to build programs and services that benefit the community. They often plan and manage outreach programs to benefit various groups and causes.

Other careers you may qualify for:

  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Healthcare policy analyst
  • Contact tracing leader
  • Grant writer
  • Project director
  • Policy analyst
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Curriculum: The Skills Needed to Impact Communities

Our social work courses prepare you with the advanced skills required to enter the workforce as a highly competent social work professional with a trauma-focused approach to effectively treating diverse populations and influencing systems, as well as advocating for social change. An advanced standing track is available for those with a BSW.

Course Spotlight: MSW 721 Grant Writing and Organizational Management

Develop the skills necessary to develop a funding grant proposal and to integrate the administrative responsibilities while working with non-profits and government agencies.

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Course Spotlight: MSW 752 Trauma Informed Community Practice

Learn to to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate practice at the community-level using a trauma-informed perspective. This course emphasizes evidence-based strategies in community social and economic development, including models used in the United States and in the global south, in urban and rural contexts.

Available Social Work Specializations

In Carlow’s MSW program, we offer two in-demand specializations, including Macro Practice.

MSW: Direct Practice

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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There is a $16 per credit university fee.

Advanced standing students can complete the program in as few as one and a half years. Traditional students can graduate in as few as three years.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

Yes. You will be prepared to sit for licensure upon graduation.

The total estimated cost is $29,250 to $39,000, not including fees and additional expenses. Find out more about tuition, fees and financial aid.

Yes. The MSW program is CSWE accredited.

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