Seattle University offers social justice focused, community-based advanced clinical social work education.

Now Accepting Applications! Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative (WDI)

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This innovative program is designed to expand the number and diversity of mental health counselors, social workers and therapists in Washington state who serve individuals with severe mental health or substance use challenges. The initiative provides grants, up to $51,500, to students in advanced social work and counseling programs at 13 participating universities across the state in return for their service in approved community-based behavioral health or tribal agencies. Learn more here


Our social-justice focused, community-based Advanced Clinical MSW program is uniquely suited to prepare you for this workforce development initiative. Along with social justice theory, mental health diagnosis and treatment, and policy classes, you will take two years of practice courses which center social justice and build your skills in anti-oppressive practice. Learning is enhanced by small class size and professors who have community-based clinical experience. WDI scholars have a dedicated social work faculty member advisor who understands community-based behavioral health.


2023 MSW applications are still open

Deadline Extended: March 15, 2023

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Social Justice Statement

Program Options

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2-Year MSW

A full-time, cohort-based, social justice-focused MSW program. 

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Advanced Standing MSW

For applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. 

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Learn about practicum details and requirements for both MSW program options. 

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Sub-Specialization Opportunities

Learn about sub-specialization opportunities for both MSW program options. 

MSW Events and Info Sessions

Student Spotlight

Contact Us

  • Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Chair, Department of Social Work

    Director, Master of Social Work 

    Associate Professor


  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director, Department of Social Work 

    Clinical Professor


  • Katie Hoag

    Program Coordinator, Master of Social Work 


  • Anna McCain

    Administrative Assistant, Department of Social Work 


Council on Social Work Education

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Faculty Reading List

Check out our Seattle U Social Work Faculty Reading List; each selection has impacted our faculty members in their social work careers. 

Get the Most Out of Your Practicum Experience

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As I approached my first year in the MSW program my biggest concern was surrounding the idea of practicum. I dreamt up a million different versions of what my practicum experience might look like and it caused me a lot of unnecessary stress. So, I thought I'd provide a few words of advice and tips for students that are preparing for the unknown... I promise, practicum isn't as scary as you might think!
Feb 23, 2023

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Off-Duty Social Work Favorites

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As a graduate student you are often expected to take in an abundance of different media in relation to social work. Much of this content informs our conversations in class, however, a large majority of it is strictly educational ted talks or videos tailored to class topics. Although I enjoy the content in class, it's nice to find other media sources that discuss social work topics from a different perspective. So, I thought I'd compile a list of my recent favorite shows, podcasts, music, and Instagram pages. My hope is that these media sources create dialogue around social work topics in a different way and give a broader perspective around mental health in general. Ideally, my social work favorites will allow you to choose media that you find compelling outside of graduate school requirements.
Dec 9, 2022

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