PROGRAM COSTS
FINANCIAL AID

Program Costs

Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing

2024-25 Program Cost

$30,960

For students beginning Fall 2024, the cost for the 36-credit Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program is $30,960 or $860 per semester hour. 

Tuition is based on a cohort model. Students must complete the program with their cohort to remain eligible for cohort pricing.

Additional fees & costs include:

  • Technology fee: $270/year
  • Wellness fee: $110/year
  • One-time matriculation fee: $205
  • Books and materials for coursework
TermCredit HoursCost
Fall 20244 courses (12 credits)
SOCW 555: Social Work in Health Care (4)
SOCW 585: Advanced Practicum Experience II (3)
SOCW 586: Advanced Practicum Seminar II (1)
SOCW 500+: Elective (4)
$10,320
J-Term 20251 course (4 credits)
SOCW 570: Comparative Health Care (4)
(SOCW 525 is currently listed in Summer 2025 & may be offered in the J-term)
$3,440
Spring 20253 courses (8 credits)

SOCW 560: Mental Health Assessment & Intervention (4)
SOCW 595: Advance Practicum Experience III (3)
SOCW 596: Advanced Practicum Seminar III (1)
$6,880
Summer 20253 courses (12 credits)
SOCW 573: Policy Practice & Advocacy in Health Care (4)
SOCW 565: SUD Assessment & Intervention (4)
SOCW 525: Anti-Racism, Diversity, & Equity in Social Work Practice (4)*
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SOCW 535: Advanced Social Work Foundations (4)** ($3,440)
$10,320
Totals36 credits
**(40 credits - See Notes below)
$30,960
*($34,400)

*Subject to Change: SOCW 525 may be offered in the J-term.

**Notes: Students who earned their BSW degrees 8 or more years ago upon the time of applying for the MSW degree, and who have not been working at least part-time in a social services-related field for every year since earning the BSW degree, must take the bridge course (SOC 535, Advanced Social Work Foundations). This will add an additional 4 credits and $3,440, increasing the total tuition cost to $34,400.

Master of Social Work - Regular Standing

2024-26 Program Cost

$51,600

For students beginning Fall 2024, the cost for the 24-month, 60-credit Master of Social Work Regular Standing Program is $51,600 or $860 per semester hour.

Tuition is based on a cohort model. Students must complete the program with their cohort to remain eligible for cohort pricing.

Additional fees & costs include:

  • Technology fee: $270/year
  • Wellness fee: $110/year
  • One-time matriculation fee: $205
  • Books and materials for coursework
TermCredit HoursCost
Fall 20242 courses (8 credits)
SOCW 505: HBSE (4)
SOCW 510: SW Theory & Practice I (4)
$6,880
J-Term 20251 course (4 credits)
SOCW 500+: Elective (4)
$3,440
Spring 20253 courses (8 credits)
SOCW 515: SW Theory & Practice II (4)
SOCW 575: Foundational Practicum Experience I (4)
$6,880
TermCredit HoursCost
Summer 20252 courses (8 credits)
SOCW 525: Anti-Racism, Diversity, & Equity in Social Work Practice (4)
SOCW 532: Social Work Research Methods (4)
$6,880
Fall 20254 courses (12 credits)
SOCW 555: Social Work in Health Care (4)
SOCW 585: Advanced Practicum Experience II (4)
SOCW 500+: Elective (4)
$10,320
J-Term 20261 course (4 credits)
SOCW 570: Comparative Health Care (4) (Study Away)
$3,440
Spring 20263 courses (8 credits)
SOCW 560: Mental Health Assessment & Intervention (4)
SOCW 595: Advance Practicum Experience III (4)
$6,880
TermCredit HoursCost
Summer 20262 courses (8 credits)
SOCW 573: Policy Practice & Advocacy in Health Care (4)
SOCW 565: SUD Assessment & Intervention (4)
$6,880

Financial Aid & Scholarships

MSW Social Justice Scholarships

Program scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in their practice. 

The number and amount of awards vary and will be applied to reduce the cost of tuition. 

To be considered for a scholarship, please provide a short response (no more than four paragraphs) to each of the following questions, and upload your responses to the Documents section on GradCAS Application Portal.

  1. Provide an example in your life that demonstrates your commitment to ADEI.
  2. How will you use your MSW degree to further that commitment?

The scholarship questions are not required for submitting the admission application. Your responses will have no bearing on the quality of your application and admission decision.

You can upload your responses after submitting your application by logging into your GradCAS account. However, scholarships will only be considered if you provide your response to the questions.

10% Tuition Discount

PLU Alumni Grant

The PLU Alumni Grant provides an automatic 10% tuition discount for PLU graduate students who also earned their bachelor’s degree from PLU.

*Restrictions apply to those students who are also PLU staff.

External Scholarships

Federal Student Aid

Veterans Benefits

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