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Important- All students should have their UA User id and Password available in order to  log on to computers.   Field orientations may utilize a blended learning approach- instructional led and self-directed.

  • MSW Field Orientation- Foundation Students moving into their Concentration Year - Friday, March 13, 2015, 1:00 -3:00 p.m. Location- The Polsky Bldg, Room 499 Completed
  • MSW Field Orientation - Advanced Standing Students Only - Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10:00 a.m. -12 noon, Room 497, Polsky Building Completed
  • MSW Field Orientation - Entering (new) Foundation Students & 1st year Part-time students entering their 2nd year, Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. The Polsky Bldg, Room 411, Social Work Computer Lab, Social Work Office. Electronic registration required  Completed
  • MSW College-wide Orientation - Entering (new ) Foundation students, 1st year Part-time students entering their 2nd year, & Advanced Standing Students, Thursday, August 27, 2015, 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m., Leigh Hall, Room 107, Free Continental Breakfast
    Electronic registration required

    Upcoming Event
  • Graduation Ceremony for all Joint MSW Students- Completed
    Date:        Friday, May 1, 2015
    Time:        Actual ceremony begins 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    Time:        Class Photo Session 6:00 p.m. (Copies can be purchased at the ceremony)
    Location:   The University of Akron Quaker Station
    Maps, directions, & parking information will be provided closer to event
  • Other Important Graduation Information
    Tickets:       Tickets are not required;
    Invitations:  Five free invitations provided to each student; No limit to the number of guests students can invite; family-friendly event
    Reception:     A reception with light refreshments follow the ceremony


The Master of Social Work Program is a joint degree program administered by The University of Akron and Cleveland State University. The Joint MSW Program began in January 1995.

This degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The curriculum of the Joint MSW Program is designed to prepare students for advanced level professional practice in Social Work. The program provides a rigorous intellectual base, an opportunity for effective skill development, and an educational perspective that views human diversity as desirable and enriching to society. 


The mission of the Joint MSW Program is to prepare students to engage in advanced professional practice with and on behalf of diverse populations in Northeast Ohio with emphasis on the health, well-being, and quality of life of oppressed and vulnerable people. We promote the dignity and worth of the person, human diversity, cultural competence, and social and economic justice through scientific inquiry, creative activity, and service. We advance the social work profession through collaboration with the community.


  • To prepare competent and effective practitioners to carry out the purpose of the social work profession with emphasis on its knowledge, skills, and values
  • To advocate for social and economic justice and human rights, professional integrity, and the importance of human relationships consistent with social work’s history, purpose, and philosophy.
  • To partner with and provide leadership to the communities of Northeast Ohio in order to develop an effective service delivery system to address human needs and enhance experiential learning opportunities.