Why Pursue a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) Degree?

Since higher education is expensive, I had to really ask myself why I wanted to get an MSW degree.

I just completed my first year of graduate school pursuing a Master’s of Social Work Degree. Since higher education is expensive, I had to really ask myself why I wanted to get an MSW degree. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice and Sociology. The last five years I built a career in human services including domestic violence and child welfare. I had no intentions of returning to school, but I found that if I wanted to elevate in my career field I would need to make myself more marketable. The MSW would do just that! Here are some reasons you may want to consider attaining the MSW Degree:

  • work with people in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and nonprofits.
  • become licensed as a therapist or counselor, policy analyst, researcher, program developer
  • specialize in child welfare, domestic violence, addiction, mental health, social justice, trauma
  • advocate for the oppressed
  • teach in higher education

I hoped to attain an MSW to offer me the flexibility that comes with being a licensed therapist. However, since starting my graduate program I have learned that there are a plethora of fields offered by the MSW.

What are some reasons why you pursued the MSW?