Saint Ambrose University

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work


518 Locust St

Davenport, IA 52803

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

Format: Online

Program Description:

Become an advocate for a just society as a master’s prepared social worker in just 10 months. The online, CSWE-accredited Advanced Standing Master of Social Work degree from St. Ambrose University is the first MSW program in the U.S. that offers an empowerment specialization.

Empowerment-based practice focuses on a client’s competencies to achieve their goals, building upon their available strengths, resources, and resilience. You learn to help clients to assume success, respect, and influence in interactions that help build a sense of personal control and self-esteem. In turn, they’re better able to assert their rights, develop their privilege, and create a just environment. 

Throughout the program, you learn to remove social barriers for individuals and communities. You’ll learn in courses that are intentionally kept small so you have more one-on-one time with professors who’ve worked in the field and can help guide you through the challenges of connecting theory to the issues presented in real-world practice.

You graduate prepared with the educational requirements for master-level licensure, ready to succeed in some of the most in-demand social worker roles such as those in mental health, addictions, healthcare, and the military. You can also choose to work with social services for children and families, with lawmakers in addiction services, or in community development. 

Take advantage of a structure that puts your needs first. With our fully online format, you can balance your education around your busy life and advance your career quickly.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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