What can I do with a MSW?

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Master's Program

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An MSW prepares graduates to work in a variety of human service programs and agencies in an advanced clinical and/or supervisory capacity. The flexibility of the MSW degree provides graduates with many options as they pursue careers in the helping fields, including:

  • Working in a hospital setting to assist medical personnel in gaining insights into the social, economic, and psychological situations of patients, as well as helping in their treatment and discharge planning
  • Counseling people with psychiatric, emotional, and personality disorders in mental health clinics or other clinical settings
  • Working with young offenders in juvenile courts, youth outreach programs, and prisons
  • Helping abused, neglected, and/or foster children with their reintegration into the community
  • Providing services to the elderly in hospital settings, geriatric psychiatric units, day treatment and/or day care programs and other community settings
  • Counseling individuals, couples, and families with personal problems in private practice settings (License required)
  • Assisting victims of rape, spouse abuse, and other forms of domestic violence
  • Helping in the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol abusers through counseling, group treatment, and social support
  • Providing testing and evaluation in the school system for children with ADD and ADHD.
  • Choose the Profession:  Check out the link below from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website:

(Source: LSU School of Social Work)

Take non-degree seeking classes to see if earning a MSW is for you.  Find out more here.

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