Minneapolis—November 20, 2013— Walden University has announced that its Master of Social Work (MSW) program has been granted candidacy from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the accrediting body for academic social work programs in the United States. Walden’s MSW program, which started in September 2013, is designed to help students expand their career opportunities in the growing field of social work.

“This is an exciting step forward as we work toward CSWE accreditation. We know how meaningful this accreditation is for our students, and while in candidacy status, the program will continue through the rigorous CSWE assessment and review process,” said Dr. Sally Brocksen, social work program director.

With an emphasis on advanced clinical practice, the MSW program is designed to prepare students to apply social work theory and methods to assess and intervene in situations involving individuals, families and communities. Graduates may apply their knowledge and skills in settings that include schools, hospitals, private practice, social service agencies and mental health clinics.

The innovative MSW coursework features customized video case studies and online learning tools that allow students to observe and respond to situations faced by social workers every day. Walden’s online MSW program offers the opportunity to learn more about the needs of specific populations with six optional elective clusters. Additionally, students can choose from three degree completion tracks, which will allow them to complete their program on their schedule.

For more information about the MSW program, visit www.WaldenU.edu/msw.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of 72 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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