Concordia will begin its new Master of Social Work program in fall 2017.Concordia will begin its new Master of Social Work program in fall 2017.

It’s one of the fastest growing professions in the country, and now students have the opportunity to turn themselves into coveted candidates by studying at Concordia University Wisconsin.

CUW introduced in fall 2016 its Master of Social Work degree—a two-year, full-time graduate program that aims to address the rapidly growing need for more, qualified workers in the social work professions. The program’s first class begins studies in the fall of 2017.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be a 12 percent increase in the need for social workers between now and 2024, which will result in the creation of 74,800 new positions. Concordia’s new program promises to produce highly skilled workers who are ready to help fill that void and deliver Christ’s love and care to those they serve.

“We’re eager to have our first cohort of students begin in the fall,” says Dr. Elizabeth Peffer Talbot, professor and chair of the department. “At Concordia, we’ll train individuals in a Christ-centered environment who will meet an urgent need in our communities.”

Professional social workers are employed to work with individuals, families, children, schools, and health care systems in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, administration, politics, and international social work.

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— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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